1944 - Nazi Escapes Held For Trial...
Here is another 1944, April 21, newsclipping from a NW Oklahoma newspaper sent in by Ila Wessel, concerning Alva POW Camp escapees.
Will be Tried by Military Court at Alva POW Camp
Karl Hein Zigann and Heinz Aulenbacher, former German soldiers who escaped from the Alva Prisoner of War camp April 3 (1944), have been returned and are awaiting trial by military court martial, according to 1st Lt. John Makar, public relations officer of the OW camp who was a Cherokee visitor Thursday.
Makar explained the two Nazi escape artists cannot, under international law, be tried for escaping from the POW camp but they can be tried for any crimes they are alleged to have committed while they were at liberty. Makar said officers of the camp are gathering evidence to support charges of theft of at least three automobiles. If convicted the two will probably be sentenced to long terms in federal prisons.
Lt. Makar was accompanied to Cherokee by Lt. Ronald Howe, canteen officer and Lt. James Carter, post exchange officer of the POW camp.
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