Hanns congratulated by the Luxembourg War Crimes Commission
Captain Hanns Alexander, Victor Bodson, Minister of Justice, and Jos Thorn, president of the Luxembourg War Crimes Commission.
Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Res
Following Gustav Simon’s suspicious death, Hanns drove to Luxembourg with his corpse tied to the roof of his car. Upon his arrival, a press conference was held on the ground floor of the Ministry of Justice in the centre of Luxembourg City. Standing before the cameras were Victor Bodson and Mr Jos Thorn, the President of the Luxembourg War Crimes Commission, along with Captain Alexander and Captain Muller. The press were then invited to go to the prison building where the corpse could be seen and photographed. Gustav Simon was still dressed in his prison clothes, but shorn of both moustache and glasses. His head was tipped back, exposing a stubbled neck that was still red and swollen. The Tageblatt – one of Luxembourg’s largest-selling newspapers – described what happened at this press conference. GAULEITER SIMON COMMITS SUICIDE IN PADERBORN The wild goose chase for the Gauleiter seemed like a novel or detective story, and attested to the skill of Captain Alexander’s group. It is a pity that the virtually tireless efforts of the English captain did not lead to the result hoped for by the people of Luxembourg: the trial and execution of the war criminal in Luxembourg. Captain Alexander gave a report in fluent German, about his 2,500 km odyssey that began on 23 November and ended with the arrest of the Gauleiter on 10 December at 11 o’clock in the evening. ‘Please excuse me,’ Alexander began, ‘that I was unable to bring the Gauleiter to Luxembourg alive, unhappily it didn’t happen the way I hoped it would. But Gustav Simon got what he deserved, the rope.’ With English phlegm, he added, ‘It saved us quite a few expenses.’ That the dead man is the Gauleiter there is no doubt: an examination of the corpse in Luxembourg’s main prison, together with the facts we have just given, clearly reveal his true identity. In spite of our disappointment that Gustav Simon committed suicide the thanks of our entire people go to Captain Alexander who secured the monster.
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