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September 4, 2016

A new novel about Dr. Mengele is full of lies

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , , — furtherglory @ 12:39 pm

You can read a new book of fiction about Dr. Mengele, the famous doctor at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War II:

Cover of new fictional book

Cover of new fictional book

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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Stasha and Pearl are 12 when they are forced into a rail car bound for Auschwitz with their mother and their beloved Zayde. “Mischling” is German for half-breed, an ugly term that prepares the reader for the horrors the twins will endure.

This is not an easy novel to read, but Affinity Konar’s evocative storytelling, fierce characters and haunting prose make Mischling (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown,  338 pp., *** ½ out of four stars) equally hard to put down.

Stasha and Pearl are based on real-life Auschwitz survivors Eva and Miriam Mozes, who were among 3,000 twins who became guinea pigs for the demented genetic experiments of infamous Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. Pearl and Stasha are captivating heroines. Pearl is a dancer, the more social of the twins. The introspective Stasha finds her swagger at Auschwitz. When Pearl disappears at a twisted concert performance, Stasha plots vengeance on [Dr.] Mengele.

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Dr. Mengele is normally not given the honor of having the title of  Dr. in his name because he was a Nazi who allegedly tortured little children.

You can read about the children, who were prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau on this page of my website:

Miriam Moses is the overweight child on the far right

Miriam Moses is the overweight child on the far right

Eva Moses Kor is the child on the far right

Eva Moses Kor is the child on the far right in photo taken at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The following quote is also from the news article:

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[Dr.] Mengele enlisted prisoners who were doctors in his horrific experiments, and the beautiful Dr. Miri is one of the book’s many haunting [fictional] characters. Dr. Miri was forced to kill Jewish infants and remove her own sisters’ wombs so they could not reproduce.

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Dr. Mengele was a very handsome and charming man. I personally think that he was gay, but what do I know!

His wife left him after several years of marriage, which was very unusual back then, in Germany, especially since he was noted for being a nice person.


September 3, 2016

Jewish Avengers back in the news

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:10 am

This recent news story is about the “Jewish Avengers” who tried to poison Nazis during World War II:

Joseph xxx a survivor of the Avengers

Joseph Harmatz, one of the Avengers, is still alive today

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret – that to his knowledge he didn’t actually kill any Nazis.

Joseph Harmatz is one of the few remaining Jewish “Avengers” who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American-run prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that sickened more than 2,200 Germans but ultimately caused no known deaths. A recently declassified US military report obtained by the Associated Press has only added to the mystery of why the brazen operation did not kill Nazis, because it shows the amount of arsenic used should have been fatal to tens of thousands.

Still, the 91-year-old Harmatz says the message echoed into a rallying cry for the new state of Israel, established in 1948 – that the days when attacks on Jews went unanswered were over.

“We didn’t want to come back [to Palestine] without having done something, and that is why we were keen,” Harmatz said in a hoarse, whispery voice from his apartment in north Tel Aviv. He lost most of his family in the Holocaust.

Despite a visceral desire for vengeance after the second world war, most Holocaust survivors were too weary or devastated to seriously consider it. But a group of some 50, most[ly] young men and women who had already fought in the resistance could not let the crimes go unpunished. While there were some isolated acts of Jews harming individual Nazis after the war, the group, codenamed Nakam, Hebrew for vengeance, sought a more comprehensive form of punishment.

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One of my very first blog posts was about the Jewish Avengers:



September 1, 2016

Holocaust survivor of 9 concentration camps dead at 91

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:55 am
Abraham Pik at the age of

Abraham Pik at the age of 15 before he was sent to a concentration camp by the Nazis

Abraham Pik poses inside a concentration camp

Abraham Pik poses inside a concentration camp building after he was liberated

In the photo immediately above, note that Abraham Pik was chosen to be front and center, in the photo, because he is the only skinny prisoner among the survivors.

You can read about Abraham Pick [Pik] who survived 9 Nazi concentration camps during World War II, on this website:

The following quote is from the news article:

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Holocaust survivor, public speaker and businessman Abraham Peck [Pik] has died after suffering kidney failure at the age of 91.

Peck resided in Fair Lawn for much of his life after moving to US in 1949, just four years after being liberated from a Nazi concentration camp by American armed forces.

He said that he saw it as his duty to tell the world of the horrors he endured in nine separate concentration and forced labor camps from ages of 15 to 20 during the Second World War.

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Unfortunately, Peck’s story tends to disprove the Holocaust.

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The following quote is also from the news article:
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Peck’s heart-rending story of being sent to a number of punishing concentration and labor camps during his youth received a wider audience in 2016 after the publication of his biography Abe vs Adolf: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Abe Peck, written by Maya Ross.

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This photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau is included in the news story

This recent photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp is included in the news story


There is no indication, in the news article, that Abe was ever in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, but the photo above is included in the article.



August 31, 2016

“each of the 6 million victims was an ordinary person like Hanna”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:57 am
Hanna's suitcase

Hanna’s suitcase

The story of a little Jewish girl named Hanna, and her famous suitcase, is back in the news. A photo of her suitcase is shown above. WaisenKind means orphan.

Although Hanna was an “orphan,” she allegedly had a brother.The brother of little Hanna survived the Holocaust, perhaps because he was not burdened by a suitcase that he had to carry when he was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, or maybe because he was old enough to work.

The following quote is from the news article:

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When Fumiko Ishioka holds lectures for schoolchildren [in Japan] about the inhumanity of the Holocaust, she gets through to the kids by showing them an unassuming little brown suitcase.

“Hana’s Suitcase” belonged to Hana [Hanna] Brady, a 13-year-old Jewish girl from Czechoslovakia who perished in the Nazi-run gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in the closing months of World War II.

[Why was little Hanna allowed to live in a death camp until the “closing months of World War II?” Children under the age of 15 were allegedly killed immediately.]

Hanna’s story has been published in 40 countries, while drama and film adaptations of her tragic life have also been created.

Ishioka has spoken about the Holocaust to more than 200,000 children in Japan and 10 foreign countries over the past 13 years.

In July, the 45-year-old hosted her 1,000th “Hana’s Suitcase” class at a senior high school in Tokyo.

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Excuse me! I think that this young Japanese girl should be telling stories about how the “Japs” tortured and killed prisoners of war, not about the Jews. I was a young child during World War II and all we ever heard about was the atrocities committed by the Japanese. We knew nothing about young Jewish girls who carried suitcases into a prison camp during wartime.

American soldiers, who were ethnic German, were sent to the Pacific rim during World War II, not to Germany. I had an uncle, who was sent to the Pacific; he returned home with stories of the atrocities committed by the Japs.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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Ishioka later learned that Hana’s older brother survived a concentration camp and was living in Canada. The two met and Hana’s brother told Ishioka the story of his little sister.

Ishioka says that children strongly feel the tragedy of the Holocaust when they see the suitcase during her lectures.

She repeatedly urges the kids to “imagine,” so they can understand that each of the 6 million victims was an ordinary person like Hana [Hanna].

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You can see a large photo of the famous suitcase at the top of the news article. For some reason, I was unable to copy the photo.


August 24, 2016

Anthropoid — the movie, now showing in a few select theaters

Filed under: Germany, movies, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:47 am

There is a new movie, about the story of Reinhard Heinrich, which I am dying to see, but it is not showing in any of the theaters anywhere near me. The movie is based on Operation Anthropoid, a famous historical event that took place years ago.

Reinhard Heydrichh is the man in the middle

Reinhard Heydrich is the man in the center

Reinhard Heydrich was noted for having a feminine type body with hips wider than his shoulders, as depicted in the photo above.

Heydrich is also noted for having had two girlfriends at the same time, and for getting one of them pregnant, then refusing to marry her. However, none of this is pointed out in the movie. Would it have killed the producer of this movie to have included a little bit of human interest?

You can read a review of the movie at

The following quote is from the review, cited above:

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The events [in the movie] take place in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in the early 1940s. As students of World War II should know—well, as anyone should know, really, but let’s not get into that—Czechoslovakia was for all intents and purposes handed over to Germany in 1939, which gave Hitler access to a wealth of natural resources and manufacturing power to fuel the German war machine which then went on to conquer Poland and put the Second World War into active motion.

The SS was terribly efficient in quashing the Czechoslovakian resistance movement, but a Czech government in absentia kept up the effort, and in late 1941 it flew a plane from England and dispatched parachutists to drop outside of Prague, where they were to begin a daring and divisive mission.

The movie begins by following two parachutists, Jan (Jamie Dornan) and Josef (Cillian Murphy). Josef cuts his foot badly on the way down and needs some stitching up. Contemporary movies like to signal their integrity and/or authenticity by including graphic scenes depicting the suturing of icky wounds, and this one is no exception.

The duo’s bad luck continues, as they are sniffed out and then nearly sold out by a couple of quasi-quisling farm folk. And then, once they get to Prague and make their contacts, the remnants of the Czechoslovakian resistance with whom they have to work are in large part appalled by the mission they’ve come to carry out.

That is, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, engineer of the Final Solution and the iron fist personally dispatched by Hitler to crush resistance, a man nicknamed “the Butcher of Prague.” 

Local resistance leader Ladislav (Marcin Dorocinski) balks, while suitably avuncular cohort “Uncle” Hajsky (Toby Jones) counsels cooperation. Jan and Josef shack up with a local family, establish covers in part by romancing a couple of local women, and start doing recon to determine the pattern of Heydrich’s comings and goings.

So here’s where the spoiler question comes in: do these heroes pull it off? Well, the answer to that is part of the historical record, and yet, who knows. Some folks might want to go into this movie blind, or semi-blind, or what have you. For myself, I found the picture a frustrating experience. It is cast with largely British actors, which is fine, but it does not follow what I now consider the anachronistic convention of having them speak with their native accents; rather, Ellis makes the performers speak English in heavy Czech, or “Czech” accents—I don’t have the ear to make a pronouncement as to how accurate they are, although all the actors are dedicated and expert professionals. In any event, this strategy kind of made me yearn for the anachronistic practice, which at least had a kind of inherent consistency. I also found the movie’s style off-putting. It’s shot in widescreen format, about a 2.35 ratio, but almost all of the shots are handheld. A lot of the time the experience of the movie is like looking at a very long wobbly rectangle, and the frequently abrupt cutting doesn’t help. The tighter the aspect ratio, the more effective the hand-held, or simulated hand-held, camerawork is, I’ve found. The movie’s scenario also trucks in a variety of clichés. And, near the end, at least one mistaken, overstated metaphor.

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When I visited Prague, years ago, I took a guided tour, which included a stop at the hairpin curve where Heydrich’s car was forced to slow down. He was fatally wounded on this corner, but not before he jumped out of the car and began firing his gun.

The hairpin turn where Heydrich was ambused, his car can be seen on the left.jpg

The photo above shows the hairpin turn where Heydrich’s car was forced to slow down; this is where he was fatally wounded. This is what the curve looks like today.

To some people, Heydrich is a hero, but to others, he can never be a hero because of the way that he treated women. Getting a girl pregnant, and then not marrying her, was unknown in Germany back then.

August 21, 2016

Reinhard Heydrich is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 9:03 am

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full here:

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A campaign is growing to give a proper burial to the two daring Czech assassins who killed [Reinhard Heydrich] a chief of the Holocaust and one of Hitler’s most fanatical henchmen.

British trained Czech paratroopers Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis are credited with killing Reinhard Heydrich in 1942, by ambushing his car on the streets of Prague.

They are believed to have been buried in the Czech capital in an unmarked grave in the Dablice cemetery when they were later killed in an attack on their hideout by the SS.

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Reinhard Heydrich is the man on the left

Reinhard Heydrich is the man on the left

Reinhard Heydrich is back in the news because the bodies of the brave men, who assassinated him, are now being moved from their unmarked graves; they are now going to have a “heroes burial” according to the news article.

Normally, when you kill someone, you are a murderer, but if you kill a Nazi, you are a hero and you deserve all the honor given to a hero.

Here is the story of what happened to Reinhard Heydrich:

On May 27, 1942, Reinhard Heydrich was wounded when a group of Czech resistance fighters, who had escaped to England, returned and made an attempt on his life in Prague. Heydrich died of his wounds on June 4, 1942.

After World War II ended on May 8, 1945, the Allied powers began a search for the Nazi documents that they would need as evidence at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal which was set to begin in November 1945.

They found tons of paperwork including secret documents hidden in salt mines and behind walls in the Nazi administration buildings. But the one most important document, the order signed by Adolf Hitler which would have given the authority for the genocide of the Jews, was never found.

Finally, in 1947, long after the first proceedings of the Nuremberg IMT had ended, the minutes of a conference held on January 20, 1942 at a villa in Wannsee, a district of Berlin, were found.

At this conference, the plans for the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” had been discussed. Today, tourists can stand in the very room where the plans were made for the genocide of the Jews.

Fifteen top officials of the Nazi bureaucracy and the SS attended the Wannsee conference, which was led by 38-year-old Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the chief of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA).

In the past, I have written several blog posts about Reinhard Heydrich:

The following quote is from one of my previous blog posts about Reinhard Heydrich:

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On January 20, 1942 at Wannsee, a suburb of Berlin, a conference was held to plan “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question” for Europe’s 11 million Jews. SS General Reinhard Heydrich, who was the head of RSHA (Reich Security Main Office) as well as the Deputy of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic) led the conference.

The protocols from the conference, as written by Adolf Eichmann, contained the expression “transportation to the East,” a euphemism that was used to mean the genocidal killing of all the Jews in Europe.

On May 27, 1942, Reinhard Heydrich was fatally wounded by two Czech resistance fighters who had parachuted into German-occupied Bohemia from Great Britain where they had been trained.

Even before Heydrich died 8 days later, Odilo Globocnik began preparations for Aktion Reinhard, which was the plan to send Jews to their deaths at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor, according to Martin Gilbert’s book entitled “The Holocaust.”

A fourth extermination camp had already been opened at Chelmno in what is now western Poland, and the first Jews had already been gassed in mobile vans on December 8, 1941, according to the Central Commission for Investigation of German Crimes in Poland.

The Jews believe that the Holocaust was planned at the Wannsee Conference, and as the leader of this conference, Reinhard Heydrich was the worst of the Nazi war criminals.

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August 20, 2016

Telford Taylor and his role in war crimes trials

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:49 am
My photo of a marker at the spot where men were executed at Dachau

My photo of a marker at the spot where men were executed at Dachau

Today, I am writing about General Telford Taylor and his role in history.

When the Nuremberg Doctors Trial started on December 9, 1946, it was apparently not yet known, for sure, whether Dr. Sigmund Rascher had been executed.

In his opening statement for the prosecution at the Doctors Trial, General Telford Taylor said the following:

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There were many co-conspirators who are not in the dock. Among the planners and leaders of this plot were Conti and Grawitz, and Hippke whose whereabouts is unknown. Among the actual executioners, Dr. Ding is dead and Rascher is thought to be dead. There were many others.

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Taylor was referring to the Doctors who were involved as “co-conspirators” in the Nazi “plot” to do medical experiments, but were not on trial for one reason or another.

The defendants in the Doctors Trial were accused of committing crimes under the guise of scientific research. The “executioners” were the Doctors who did the actual experiments, including Dr. Rascher. They were called “executioners” because their subjects were prisoners who had been classified as “professional criminals,” but instead of having a humane execution, they had allegedly been tortured to death.

Curiously, it was not known for certain by the American prosecutors at the Doctors Trial, whether Dr. Sigmund Rascher was alive or dead, 18 months after his alleged demise, even though Dr. Leo Alexander had supposedly deduced the reason for Dr. Rascher’s execution during the course of his investigation prior to the start of the trial.

The following testimony was given, at the Doctors Trial, by a member of the German nobility, Freiherr von Eberstein, the Police President in Munich, when he was asked about Dr. Rascher by prosecution attorney, Herr Pelckmann:

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Yes. Rascher remained under arrest in the detention house of the SS barracks, Munich-Freimann, to all appearances until the barracks, at least the detention house, was evacuated because of the approach of the American troops.

He was then sent to Dachau and I learned from the press that he must have been shot during the last few days. I cannot give any further information about this, since I was relieved of my post on 20 April 1945.”

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So he was “sent to Dachau?” He was sent to Dachau “Because of the approach of the American troops?”

What about Dr. Rascher’s time in Buchenwald when he supposedly had incriminating conversations with Captain Payne Best?

Did Captain Payne Best actually meet Dr. Rascher for the first time on the march from Dachau to the South Tyrol, as reported by Gerald Reitlinger, a highly respected historian?

Shortly after he arrived at Dachau, Captain Payne Best was transferred from the Dachau bunker to the barrack building that had been formerly used as a brothel; it is possible that he didn’t meet Dr. Rascher until the bunker was evacuated on April 26, 1945.

It is possible that Dr. Rascher was never a prisoner at Buchenwald, and Captain Payne Best just assumed that he had been a prisoner there, since Dr. Rascher was brought to Dachau around the same time that other VIP prisoners at Buchenwald were transferred to Dachau.

In his 1143-page book entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” William L. Shirer wrote this about Dr. and Frau Rascher:

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“Neither survived, and it is believed that Himmler himself, in one of the last acts of his life, ordered their execution.”

In other words, no one knows for certain who ordered the murder of Dr. Sigmund Rascher.

Dr. Rascher’s execution had allegedly been ordered by Himmler, according to the Dachau Museum, and carried out by Theodor Bongartz, the man in charge of the crematorium where the bodies were disposed of. The execution had taken place, not at the usual place at the execution wall in the woods, but in the bunker in the presence of witnesses who would have heard the shot fired in Cell #73 and seen the brains spattered on the wall of the cell.

A prisoner, who had been sent to Dachau because he was a Jehovah’s Witness, was in charge of cleaning the bunker and he would have been a witness to the aftermath of the shooting.

If Himmler had given an execution order, it would normally have been given to the Gestapo chief in Berlin and the order would then have been sent by telegram to Johann Kick, the Gestapo department head at Dachau, who would have given the order to Wilhelm Ruppert, the officer in charge of executions at Dachau who would have then ordered Theodor Bongartz to shoot Dr. Rascher at the execution wall. Apparently none of this happened and there is no record of an execution order.

August 18, 2016

how to get a head

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:25 am
This photo allegedly shows Hitlers head

This photo shows Hitler’s head, but is it a real head?

The photo above might show the head of a statue of Hitler, but I am sure that Hitler’s real head is not in the photo. Hitler allegedly killed himself in his bunker in Berlin, and his body was burned beyond recognition.

On this blog post, I wrote about George Elser, the man who allegedly tried to kill Hitler, but failed:


August 17, 2016

How could Brunhilde not have known about the Holocaust

Filed under: Germany, World War II — furtherglory @ 7:03 am
Brunhilde Pomsel

Brunhilde Pomsel, the former secretary of Jospeh Goebbels, at the age of 105

Brunhilde Pomsel, the former personal secretary of Joseph Goebbels, is still alive at the age of 105, and she insists that she knew nothing about the Holocaust when it was happening.

You can read all about it here:

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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The personal secretary of Joseph Goebbels has opened up about her life working for Adolf Hitler’s infamous minister of propaganda — and insists the mass extermination of Jews was carefully hidden from her and her co-workers.

“I know no one ever believes us nowadays — everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing, it was all kept well secret,” Brunhilde Pomsel, now 105, says in an interview with The Guardian.

Instead, Pomsel remembers the niceties of the man history knows as a rabid anti-Semite [Joseph Goebbels] who strongly supported the Holocaust and would poison his six children when the Nazi war machine collapsed in 1945.

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Apparently, Pomsel now believes that the Holocaust happened, but it was kept secret. Will she now be put on trial, at the age of 105, because she should have made it her business to know about the Holocaust and she should have done something to save the Jews?


August 12, 2016

German prosecutors are running out of war criminals to be put on trial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:37 am

For years, Germany has been trying to make amends for killing 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, but to no avail.  The Jews have been receiving reparations from the German people for over 70 years, but it is never enough.

The motto of the Jews is “Never forgive, never forget.”

Defendant Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz death camp, is pushed in a wheelchair after a break in his trial in Detmold, Germany, in this file picture taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Bernd Thissen/Pool/Files

Defendant Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz death camp, is pushed in a wheelchair after a break in his trial in Detmold, Germany, in this file picture taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Bernd Thissen/Pool/Files

The following quote is from a recent news article :

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German prosecutors have also recently charged two other Auschwitz death camp employees, a medic and a radio operator. But the suspects’ high age and frail health, more than 70 years after the end of World War Two, prevented the cases from going forward.

[Jens] Rommel said that more than 95 percent of a potential pool of suspects were either dead or too frail to be put on trial.

“It’s frustrating sometimes to see a suspect die just a few days before the start of a trial after much work has been invested into the case,” said Rommel.

Rommel said he is also concerned that a pending verdict by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice might stop Nazi crime investigations altogether. The court is expected to rule on the appeal of [Oscar] Groening, who has rejected the broader definition.

“If the [federal] court reverses the verdict and decides that the proof is not sufficient it would become extremely difficult to go forward with any other cases,” Rommel said.

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My suggestion is that the wives of the dead German war criminals could be put on trial. Women usually live longer than men, so there should be plenty of widows to put on trial. In any case, the show must go on. “Never forgive, never forget” — that is the motto of the Jews.


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