The Gettysburg Compiler
November 11, 1944

War Prisoner Hangs Himself in Aspers Plant

The Third Service Command Public Relations Office, Baltimore, released to The Gettysburg Times at 11 o'clock last Friday morning an account of the suicide of an German prisoner of war stationed at Gettysburg while working at the Adams Apple Products Corporation plant, Aspers, last Wednesday evening.

The Nazi who took his life by hanging himself from a rafter on the second floor of an apple shed at the Aspers plant has been identified as Private Georg Hartig, aged 38 years.

Hartig was one of a contingent of prisoners from the Gettysburg camp which was working at the Adams Apple plant helping with the processing of apples there.

Kept a close secret until Friday morning, inquiries by The Gettysburg Times at the prison camp, the Public Relations Office at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation and the Third Service Command headquarters at Baltimore secured release of the story.

Orders Story Released

Details of the suicide were supplied by the P. R. O. at Indiantown Gap after the "go ahead" was secured from Third Service Command public relations officer.

The body was found about 6:40 p. m. in the plant after a search was instituted. The prisoner apparently had been dead only a short time when the body was discovered.

The Army announcement Friday morning stated that an investigating officer has been named and already is conducting a probe of the death, which, it was explained, is routine procedure in any Army death or accident. There may be additional information on the suicide at the conclusion of that investigation, it was stated.

The body was removed to the morgue at Indiantown Gap and will be interred in the post cemetery at Fort Meade, Md., an Associated Press dispatch from Harrisburg stated Friday afternoon.