John Amery: The British Nazi Hanged For Treason


Famous British executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, claimed that John Amery was the bravest man he had ever hanged.

John Amery (14 March 1912, ChelseaLondon – 19 December 1945) was a British fascist who proposed to the Wehrmacht the formation of a British volunteer force (that subsequently became the British Free Corps) and made recruitment efforts and propaganda broadcasts for Nazi Germany. He was executed for treason after the war.

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1932. Amery carried a gun at all times.

Recruiting for the Free Corps was done in German POW camps. In 1944, leaflets were distributed to the POWs, and the unit was mentioned in Camp, the official POW newspaper published in Berlin. The unit was promoted “as a thoroughly volunteer unit, conceived and created by British subjects from all parts of the empire who have taken up arms and pledged their lives in the common European struggle against Soviet Russia”. The attempted recruitment of POWs was done amid German fear of the Soviets; the Germans were “victims of their own propaganda” and thought that their enemies were as worried about the Soviets as they were. In one camp in Holland, the POWs were lavished with cigarettes, fruit and other such items and made to listen to Nazi propaganda officers who described the good the Germans were doing in Europe and asked the men to join them in fighting the real enemy, the Soviets.

Amery taking tea with Dutch Nazis.

Amery (2nd from left) taking tea with Dutch Nazis.

One such individual who attempted to recruit soldiers was John Amery, son of the serving British Secretary of State for IndiaLeopold Amery. He was sentenced to death and hanged after he pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to high-treason.

Famous British executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, claimed that John Amery was the bravest man he had ever hanged.

Further Reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amery

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Free_Corps

 

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