Lawrence Douglas

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Fifty years ago in Frankfurt, German prosecutors tried 22 former Nazi SS soldiers at Auschwitz in what remains the most famous Holocaust trial staged in Germany.

At the time, Fritz Bauer, the German-Jewish attorney general of Hessen, expressed the simple hope that “sooner or later, one of the accused would step forward and say: ‘What took place — it was horrific, I’m sorry.’ Then the entire world would exhale, as would all the survivors of those killed at Auschwitz, and the air would be cleared.” Sadly, Bauer observed, “it has not been uttered, nor will it be.”

The refusal of perpetrators to own up to their guilt remains one of the most disappointing aspects of Holocaust trials.…  Seguir leyendo »