Most successful interrogator of WWII preferred friendliness to torture

Did you know that the most successful interrogator of WWII preferred friendliness to torture. He would take prisoners to the zoo and even arranged for one prisoner to enjoy a flight in a German fighter planeMost successful interrogator of WWII preferred friendliness to torture.

Much of the debate about the interrogation of suspected terrorists has been about whether the methods used, such as waterboarding, could be described as torture. Historian Julian Putkowski examines how a German Luftwaffe interrogator used persuasion rather than punishment to get prisoners of war to talk.

During the latter part of World War II lots of allied fliers got shot down over Germany. Many of the survivors – or terrorfliegers as they were termed by the Nazis – got rounded up and were dispatched to Luftwaffe’s interrogation unit at Dulag Luft POW Camp, near Oberursel.

After being marched into the camp, they were placed in solitary confinement and in spite of the provisions of the Geneva Convention, they anticipated rough handling, possibly having their fingernails torn off by Nazi torturers.

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