Pentagon Commemorated the Battle of the Bulge with a Photo of Waffen-SS Hero Jochen Peiper
The US Army and the Department of Defense are facing a Jewish-Liberal furor for posting to their official Facebook pages a large photo of Waffen-SS officer and National Socialist war hero Joachim Peiper.
The Army's XVIII Airborne Corps posted the photo of Peiper with a story detailing the inner thoughts and feelings of the famous Panzer tank commander and Waffen SS leader as part of an ongoing effort by the Corps to retell the story of the Battle of the Bulge on its 75th anniversary.
In a post titled "December 16, 1944: 'Today we gamble everything'," the Airborne Corps wrote, "He paused at his desk. He hated to be alone with his thoughts, with the feeling of uncertainty he'd been trying to avoid for weeks." It continued, "The others were confident. They believed in der Fuhrer."
The post appeared to feature excerpts from Peiper's diary.
The photo of Peiper was also shared on the 10th Mountain Division and Department of Defense Facebook pages with varied context.
"We regret the use of the photograph of Joachim Peiper. The intent was to tell the full story of the Battle of the Bulge, which will continue here, by explaining the incredible odds that were stacked up against the American Soldier," the XVIII Airborne Corps said in a posted statement that replaced the now-deleted post of Peiper and his musings.
In a tweet, the XVIII Airborne Corps reportedly called Peiper a "terrible person" but an "effective combat leader," The Washington Post reported. That tweet has since been deleted.
The Pentagon's post was accompanied by a commemorative message about the Battle of the Bulge, but no specific context for the photo. The 10th Mountain Division appears to have not had anything more than the photo.
Jews and liberals were quick to criticize the posts by the Army units and the Department of Defense on social media, calling them "vile and disturbing," according to The Washington Post. One user said the US military was "glorifying a Nazi war criminal."
The photo of Peiper is interesting because it is in color. While the National Archives has one in black and white, the photo posted on social media by the US military says "colored by Tobias Kurtz."
A spokesman for the XVIII Airborne Corps told The New York Times that the great looking photo was purchased from an image sharing website called ipernity.
For fabricated "war crimes", Peiper spent more than ten years in prison after being tried by an American military war crimes tribunal. After his release, he was killed by communist scum in France in 1976.