29 March 2012

Date of Execution for Josef Jakobs

In searching the internet for information on Josef, I have come across an interesting assortment of misinformation. Depending on where you look on the internet, for example, Josef was executed on:

a) August 13, 1941
b) August 14, 1941
c) August 15, 1941
d) none of the above

The correct answer is August 15, 1941. The death warrant was dated August 13, but it stated that the date of execution was to be on August 15.

Josef was taken from Wandsworth Prison to the Tower of London on August 15, 1941, and executed 7:12 a.m (certified by Lt. Col. C.R. Gerard, Deputy Provost Marshal of London District).

On a more personal note, the letter that Josef wrote to his family in the hours prior to his execution indicated that he would die on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary (August 15).

25 March 2012

Bloody Tales of the Tower

National Geographic has set a date and a time for the first episode of their three part series - Bloody Tales from the Tower. The three parts are: Traitors, Executions and Scandal.

The first episode will air on Monday April 16 at 8 pm (UK premiere) and includes the piece of Josef.

The episode featuring Josef (Traitors) can be seen on YouTube (below). Josef's segment begins at about the 30 minute mark.