Case Study 49

Alexander von Falkenhausen

This man is Alexander von Falkenhausen (29 October 1878 – 31 July 1966), Falkenhausen was a German General and military advisor. He saw action in the Boxer Rebellion and was awarded a Pour le Merite while serving with the Ottoman Army in Palestine during World War I. He became an advisor to Chiang Ki-Shek (later founder of Taiwan after civil war against Chinese Communists). In 1937, during the second Sino-Japanese war, Nazi Germany allied itself with Imperial Japan. Falkenhausen was ordered to resign under threats against his family. He remained friends with Chiang, maintaining contact through letters, and promised not to reveal any military information that might be used by the Japanese against his forces.

Falkenhausen was remanded to the military and served as an infantry General on the Western Front. He was then appointed military Governor of Belgium. During his time there he intervened twice to prevent the execution of Belgian resistance fighters and was able to negotiate to keep Belgian Jews in Belgium. He offered support for a coup to overthrow Hitler, After the 20 July bomb attempt on Hitler’s life he was arrested and spent the rest of the war in concentration camps.

After the war he was arrested by the allies and spent 3 years in prison until trial for his part in the deportation of Jews from Belgium. He was defended by Qian Xiuling, renown for her stand against the Gestapo. He was convicted but pardoned after three weeks for time served.

In 1960 he married his second wife, former Belgian resistance fighter Cécile Ven

Timothy McVeigh

This man is Timothy McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001). McVeigh was the programmed zombie patsy who thought he planted the only bomb at the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in 1995. The event is known as the Oklahoma City Bombing. McVeigh had been present at the Siege of Waco where the FBI burned down the Branch Davidian Compound. He, like many others, was furious at the actions of Federal law enforcement during the siege. The subsequent Oklahoma bombing killed 168, including 19 children, and helped reduce public support of those sympathetic to the Branch Davidians.