Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Holocaust: Many Villains, Few Heroes

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Seventy years ago, a group of prominent Nazis were prosecuted for war crimes by the WWII allies in the Nuremberg trials. From left to right: In the first row on the stand, Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernest Kaltenbrunner. In the second row, Karl Doenitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach and Fritz Sauckel.
As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, at which selected Nazi leaders were placed in the dock, we must ask some disturbing questions about those who were never tried for their complicity in the world's worst genocide. It would have been impossible to carry out the mass murder of so many people without the complicity of so many governments, groups, and individuals. Perhaps there were too many guilty parties to put them all on trial, but it is not too late to hold the guilty morally accountable for what they did and failed to do.

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