Meet One of the Last Men to Be Publicly Executed Via Guillotine (VIDEO)

WARNING: Video footage may be too graphic for some viewers.

On June 17, 1939, 31-year-old Eugen Weidmann was the last person publicly executed in France via guillotine.

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According to Life Magazine, onlookers were eager to “experience the exquisite excitement of seeing a man have his head cut off.”

Just 10 seconds after he exited the prison doors, the knife dropped.