Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944
Filmed on Location in Belgium.
Narrated by Jason Beghe
Memorial Day 2018
“Anyone who watched Chicago P.D. knows that Jason Beghe, who is narrating this film on one of the most brutal events of WWII, has a very distinctive voice,” said World War II Foundation Chairman Tim Gray. “I feel that his voice is absolutely perfect for the subject matter of this film, which is the infamous WWII massacre of 84 American soldiers in Malmedy, Belgium area in December of 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge will debut in the spring of 2018 and mark the 20th documentary from TGM and the WWII Foundation.
Narrated by the star of NBC’s Chicago P.D. Jason Beghe.
Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944 tells the story of the World War II massacre of 84 American soldiers in the Malmedy, Belgium area on December 17, 1944, during the opening days of the famous “Battle of the Bulge.”
On December 17, 1944, after a short battle, 150 American GI’s were taken prisoner just outside the Belgian town of Malmedy and herded into a field by an infamous German SS division led by one of the Nazi’s most brutal commanders. The unarmed American POWs were gunned down. It was the largest single massacre of American troops in WWII.
Those still alive after the initial shooting in the brutal cold were killed by SS soldiers ordered into the field to execute any Americans still breathing. Some American soldiers played dead. Some ran. Some escaped to nearby houses. In the end, more than 50 Americans did escape the infamous Malmedy Massacre. Today just a handful remain.
You will hear their stories of survival in this film, as well as that of a top Belgian battlefield guide who walks the site taking viewers into the field that now is a memorial to the brutality that occurs in war.
A major portion of the film includes drone video shot in the Malmedy area and the field where this infamous event played out and features interviews with the few remaining survivors of the massacre, which, in the end, became known as the largest single mass-murder of American troops in World War II. A war-crimes trial followed after the war, in which the truth of that day was presented to the world.
Survivor Harold Billow
Survivor Steve Domitrovich
Survivor Ted Paluch
Survivor Warren Schmitt
Other Malmedy Massacre Survivors
European Historian and Battlefield Guide Reg Jans