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[–] 84626433832795028841 6 points 105 points (+111|-6) ago 

The woman, an SS officer in charge of radio operations for the camp commandant is being charged purely because she had a part in helping the death camp function.

What kind of modern civilized first world country holds a show trial against an old person who is already standing at death's door? Worse than that, a person who didn't actually kill anyone. To me it's not much better than crucifying a 17yo for protesting, it shows a complete lack of empathy and humanity.

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[–] WakkoWarner 2 points 28 points (+30|-2) ago 

Absolutely agree with you.

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[–] Link1299 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

We all have skeletons in the closet

and many hope we take them to our graves

but for when they are found we can only pray for mercy from our fellow man

and if life has taught me anything

that mercy just isn't common found

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[–] scumshine 15 points 5 points (+20|-15) ago 

I don't understand why people hate the Nazis. Can somebody explain what they did wrong?

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[–] ZweibelKuchen 7 points 26 points (+33|-7) ago 

They failed to exterminate the Jews.

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[–] Salnax 7 points 3 points (+10|-7) ago 

Genocide is typically frowned upon, especially when done in the public view.

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[–] roznak 18 points -15 points (+3|-18) ago 

If you are not tall, blond and have blue eyes then you will be exterminated. So are you tall, blind and have blue eyes?

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[–] xeemee 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago 

... because she had a part in helping the death camp function

there was no "death camp"

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[–] polygontranslucent 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I agree, why not go after the people who ran the trains, who

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[–] fgutrfgu 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago 

But to follow your logic (and I use the term loosely)... why go after the people running the trains? They didn't kill anyone.

Why go after the guards at the camp?

Why go after the guy closing the door to the 'showers'?

Even the guy giving orders never killed anyone?

The idea is that we, as a society, hold people responsible for crimes, even if committed as part of a group. Nonw she is not being charged with murder, but as an accessory. An important distinction, I hope you'll agree.

I think we should be charging more people, not fewer. Charge this poor, little, frail old lady (whose only wrong was to be part of the administration of a fucking concentration camp and who would have known exactly what the fuck was going on there).

We should also be charging ex-members of government for overthrowing foreign governments in central america, ex-presidents for starting wars, etc. etc.

The people who enable this kind of thing and turn a blind eye, or tacitly agree, are to my mind, more dangerous than those barking orders. People who don't put much thought into what they do. People who face away from the effort of decision or control. People who don't want to cause trouble. These are the people that scare me in society - and there are a lot of you.

None of those orders would kill anyone if any of the hundreds of people down the line, only one or two, started saying No.