Such is the memory of World War II veteran Herbert McClure, who while waiting for his return to the United States, was detailed to act as a guard at Landsberg Prison in Germany where Nazi war criminals were hanged.
Over two days, he heard the thump 28 times as men hit the end of the rope. It was 14 hangings per day, he recalled. It isn’t something he would have volunteered, but they were ordered to do. They didn’t have a choice.