From the window of the cellar, in the evening of the 15th April, the 15-year old Jörg Baumann sees with his own eyes how the GI ‘s murdered the German prisoners of war in the street of the village. Jörg Baumann: “The Americans forced the Germans to walk in front of them with raised hands in groups of four. Then they shot the prisoners from behind with their guns with shots to their heads.” Bauman can never forget these war crimes . “I have not exaggerated anything”, declares the honest farmer emphatically, “I want to say: that is how it was.
The next day there are dead bodies strewn throughout the entire town. “Nobody carried weapons. All had been shot from behind,” reports Pauline Baumann (1929, the daughter of the mayor). The Americans ordered mayor Baumann to divide up the male population in order to collect the dead bodies.
“They all go into a mass-grave”, was the next decision. For this, a site for a mass grave was already allocated. But a US officer waves his hands. “Nix mass grave, they all get transported away.”
“The bodies are being loaded onto a truck and taken to Bensheim. The estimate of the dead bodies is between 30-33 (Blumenstock) and as many as 60, as reported in the village”.
At least one of the murder victims was an ambulance man and wore the clearly marked Red Cross. <b>[God forgive us]</b>