If only everyone had the courage and conviction when facing imminent death. A well earned honour.
The commandant of the Stalag IXA POW Camp near Ziegenhain, Germany, ordered Edmonds, of the 422nd Infantry Regiment, to turn over the Jewish-American soldiers under his command. Edmonds and his men – Jews and non-Jews alike – stood together in formation.
“They cannot all be Jews,” the German said, looking over the more than 1,000 POWs. “We are all Jews,” Edmonds responded.
“I will shoot you,” the commandant warned.
But Edmonds had his own warning: "According to the Geneva Convention, we only have to give our name, rank and serial number. If you shoot me, you will have to shoot all of us, and after the war you will be tried for war crimes."
The commandant stood down.