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Summary: In addition to facing more serious legal - an extra- legal - punishments for their actions, those citizens in the liberated parts of western Europe accused and found guilty of actively cooperating with the Germans often have to ensure public humiliation and revilement.
Description: From a first floor window in a building taken over by the L'Armee Blanche resistance movement as an HQ in Westmalle, the cameraman observes a crowd of Belgian civilians gathered around a collaborator named Frederick Abiehausen arrested for betraying three Allied airman kept in hiding by local people to the Germans; traffic belonging to 1st Corps formations passes by in the background. Watched by White Army members, civilians and British soldiers, Abiehausen cleans the shoes on the feet of several of his captors; many of the younger members of the audience are seen laughing and jeering at him while the adults generally appear reluctant to express their feelings in quite this fashion.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walter, Ernest Henry1919Family origin: Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales (Production individual)