The execution of 5 physicians.

June 2,1948 was one of those rare days where justice was actually carried out. So many who were instrumental in the murder of millions during the Holocaust, did either serve no time or very little, leave alone receiving death sentences. Even many of those who did receive a death sentence had their sentence reduced. ButContinue reading “The execution of 5 physicians.”

The farce that was the Nuremberg Trials

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the sentencing at the main Nuremberg trials.The sentencing took  two days, with the individual sentences read out on the afternoon of 1 October. The Nuremberg trials were never really meant to serve justice. In one way I can understand it but on the other hand looking at the sentencesContinue reading “The farce that was the Nuremberg Trials”

The conditions at Bergen Belsen.

I was in two minds on how to do this blog. Initially I was considering adding graphic pictures to accompany the text , but then I thought that the pictures may just be too horrific and it would turn people away from reading the text. Additionally there would be a chance that this blog wouldContinue reading “The conditions at Bergen Belsen.”

“Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy”

The title of this blog is a quote from Captain G. M. Gilbert. which he quoted after the Nuremberg trials. He was  appointed the prison psychologist of the German prisoners. During the process of the Nuremberg trials , During this time he became a confidant to several of the defendants ,including Hermann Göring. Empathy isContinue reading ““Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy””

The testimony of Otto Ohlendorf- A tale of Nazi corruption.

Born in Berlin in 1907, Ohlendorf joined the SA in 1925 and the SS in 1926. In 1936 he joined the SD as an economic adviser and from 1939 to 1945 he served as the chief of the Reich Security Main Office’s Amt III, which studied the results of government measures on the German population.Continue reading “The testimony of Otto Ohlendorf- A tale of Nazi corruption.”

Nazi crimes trials

Before you read on let me explain the title of Nazi crimes trials. This is not about the Nuremberg trials or any other subsequent war crimes trials. This is about Nazis bringing Nazis to trial as ordered by Heinrich Himmler. I will give you a minute to leave it sink in. The chief investigator andContinue reading “Nazi crimes trials”

Walther Funk-Hitler’s Banker

Walther Funk, (born August 18, 1890, Trakehnen, East Prussia, Germany [now Yasnaya Polyana, Russia]—died May 31, 1960, Düsseldorf, West Germany), German Nazi and economist who was economics minister of the Third Reich from 1938 to 1945 and president of the Reichsbank from 1939. He was tried and convicted as a major war criminal by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Sentenced to life in prison, he remained incarcerated until he wasContinue reading “Walther Funk-Hitler’s Banker”

The Ritchie Boys

In the 1930s, as Germany grew increasingly hostile to Jews, many Jewish families tried to leave the Nazi state. And many of their efforts were stymied — by lack of money, by vindictive German authorities and by the nearly closed borders of countries like the United States. Often, a Jewish family could afford to sendContinue reading “The Ritchie Boys”

The Nazi Plan-Film and evidence

The lead U.S. prosecutor, and the driving force behind the organization of the Trial, was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson.  During preparation for the trial, Jackson made the bold and historic decision to use film and photo evidence to convict the Nazis. But these films had to be found.. Jackson knew that itContinue reading “The Nazi Plan-Film and evidence”

Alfried Krupp- Paying for his crimes, but very little.

This is something that always amazed me, the leniency given to the German captains of industry. Even when the initial sentences were high(but not high enough) they were often pardoned by representatives of the allied Governments. After the war, the Allied Military Government investigated Krupp’s employment of slave laborers. He was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced toContinue reading “Alfried Krupp- Paying for his crimes, but very little.”