Whilst Pathe didn’t shy away from screening very real and very harrowing footage; films showing someone’s life end by execution were not generally shown to the public. However, on occasion these events were filmed but went straight to archive. Capital punishment has been carried out in almost all societies and although these films of execution may make for shocking viewing they still provide a raw, unedited account of events from a certain time.
Richard Jarczyk, Nazi Spy
23 April 1945 in the Florian-Geyer athletic ground in Kitzingen, a town in the German state of Bavaria, a Nazi spy, Richard Jarczyk is prepared for execution by an American soldier of the US Seventh Army. Jarczyk had confessed to sabotaging equipment and killing American soldiers.
Film: Firing squad at work