The Execution of Anne Boleyn ~ May 19, 1536 « The Freelance History Writer

On May 10th and 11th of 1536, the Grand Juries of Middlesex and Kent had arraigned Queen Anne Boleyn on various charges. These included adultery with Sir Henry Norris, Sir William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and musician Mark Smeaton. She was also charged with incest with her brother George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. There were charges of plotting the King’s death with some of these men along with giving them gifts.

On May 15, in the King’s Hall in the Tower of London, Anne went to trial. The court was presided over by…

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Adolf Hitler Tried for Beer Hall Putsch – If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

February 26th 1924

Adolf Hitler Tried for Beer Hall Putsch.

The trial of Adolf Hitler and his co-conspirators, for the Beer Hall Putsch began on February 26th 1924. The Beer Hall Putsch was Hilter’s aggressive attempt to overthrow the Weimar Republic and establish unlawfully Nazi rule. On November 9th, Hitler marched on Munich at the head of a 3,000 strong supporter base, but were confronted by…

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‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ goes on trial in Germany | World news | The Guardian

 

Oskar Gröning photographed in 2005. Photograph: Martin Patmore/BBC

Oskar Gröning photographed in 2005. Photograph: Martin Patmore/BBC

A 93-year-old man who was assigned to confiscate the luggage of prisoners arriving at Auschwitz concentration camp in his capacity as an SS guard has gone on trial in Germany , charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Holocaust victims.

Oskar Gröning, referred to as ‘the accountant of Auschwitz’, is standing trial in the north German town of Lüneburg in what is a hugely symbolic act as part of authorities’ last-ditch attempt to put the handful of remaining Nazi death camp guards in the dock before they die.

Only 43 of the 6,500 SS members who worked in the concentration camps have ever faced prosecution. Of those only 25 went to prison and the rest were acquitted.

Unusually, Gröning has been quite outspoken about the two years he spent in Auschwitz, describing in an autobiography as well as lengthy interviews, some of the horrors he witnessed, and admitting that the events have haunted him his entire life. He admitted knowing about the gas chambers. But he has only ever described himself as a “small cog in the machine” and has repeatedly claimed…

via ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ goes on trial in Germany | World news | The Guardian.