The following quote is from a news story that you can read in full at http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/76989739/What-is-gained-from-convicting-elderly-Nazis
Why, then, select for symbolic punishment those whom the records show were physically present when the gas was turned on? They were just the front end of an evil ideology that inexplicably captured an entire country [Germany].
In today’s world it is entirely appropriate to throw a 94-year-old former SS man [Reinhold Hanning] into prison for “turning on the gas” that killed the Jews. Did Hanning turn on the gas in a gas stove into which Jews were forced to stick their heads?
The news article begins with this quote:
Former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning is on trial in Germany for his involvement in the deaths of 170,000 people at Auschwitz. He is reportedly hard of hearing and in poor health. He is 94.
His trial will be followed by that of Hubert Zafke, who is alleged to have been a paramedic at the same concentration camp. Zafke is 95 and suffers from dementia.
What will these trials achieve? That’s what I ask myself when I read of feeble old men being called to account for things that happened more than 70 years ago.
Any punishment that might be meted out to them at this stage in their lives can only be symbolic. What, then, is the purpose? And why have charges been brought against them when they are probably past the point of being able to defend themselves?
I discussed this recently with a Jewish friend. We agreed that these prosecutions are largely driven by Germany’s desire to acknowledge its guilt for the Nazi extermination camps.
Did you catch that? The SS men who worked at Auschwitz TURNED ON THE GAS. I have a gas stove, which I can turn on and off. Were the Jews killed by being forced to stick their heads into a gas stove?
I was under the impression that Zyklon-B, the gas that was allegedly used to kill the Jews, was thrown into the gas chambers through a hole in the wall or through a hole on the roof.
Germany should give up trying to placate the Jews. Germany has worse problems now — with hordes of refugees coming into the country.