Instead of releasing Hitler why didn't the Germans execute him by firing squad and burn his manifesto? A sentance of death for trying to?
Overthrow the government and killing German police might have saved millions of human lives
- pro_sassenheimeLv 64 years ago
Hitler's trail over that issue was a joke. Hitler knew he could implicate a whole range of prominent Bavarian politicians in the putsch attempt, and expose the army's involvement in training paramilitaries for a march on Berlin.
So what the government did to cover themselves, they convinced the authorities in Berlin to hold the trail not in the Reich court in Leipzig, but before a 'people's court' in Munich, where they had more control over events.
They then appointed a judge notoriously known for his nationalistic views and literally an admirer of the accused.
As a result of all of this, the whole affair became a circus, Hitler defended himself blurting out any garbage as he pleased to make himself look good. Despite the fact that the participants in the putsch had shot dead four policemen and staged a armed and (in any reasonable legal terms) treasonable revolt against a legitimately constituted state government, both offenses punishable by death, the court sentenced Hitler to a mere five years in prison for high treason, and the others were indicted to similar or even lighter terms. Furthermore, the court ruled for him not to be deported in view of his World War One record. Hitler was out of prison in less than a year.
The judgement at the time was scandalous even by the biased standards of the Weimar judiciary.Source(s): The Coming of the Third Reich ............................... Richard J. Evans
- Tim DLv 74 years ago
The German regime at the time of the Beer Hall Putsch were treading a delicate line, they were trying to balance the volatile political groupings on all sides of the spectrum. Executing Hitler and the other defendants might have proved to be a martyrdom that sent others over the edge, there were up to 15,000 loosely affiliated supporters of the DAP. It did not hurt that his judges were all sympathetic to his cause.
- ?Lv 74 years ago
It sounds like you're getting your timelines crossed.
- 4 years ago
As the trial wasnt by jury it was by regular and lay judges. The regular judge had nationalist sympathies and the lay judges were pro nazi. Germans felt hard done by and hitler was talking of making them great. He had to be punished so was given a comfortable jail term. Of course hindsight is a wonderful thing.
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- Anonymous4 years ago
He killed himself with a cyanide pill, though there were multiple assassination attempts on Hitler by German people or soldiers, ever seen the movie Valkyrie with Tom Cruise? There were at least 100 different attempts or plans to kill him by Germans
- Anonymous4 years ago
He killed Himself