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I read that a suspected Nazi death camp guard has been charged over the murders of 430,000 Jews.

Samuel Kunz, 88, allegedly served Hitler’s Third Reich in the Belzec camp in occupied Poland during World War Two.

He is number three on a most wanted list of ex Nazis. Kunz was charged after prosecutors said he served as a guard fro m January 1942 to July 1943 where it is claimed he helped exterminate Jews. 

He is also accused of the shooting a total of ten Jews in two other incidents.

I am glad to read that this monster is being brought to justice even after all these years. However this raises a fundamental question; does the passing of time invalidate the need for justice? I think not but yet there are those who may feel that Kunz is at the end of his days and that there is little point in prosecuting this 88 year old. Is it justice of vengeance?

What is your view?

Those who commit the sort of crimes outlined above should never be given any form of mercy. Kunz SHOULD go to prison for his remaining days – there are 430,000 reasons why this should happen. But how then can we explain the desire to release other convicted murderers after a few years, or perhaps not pursue those who authorised other acts of mass murder, such as La Mon House Hotel? If we are consistent, we must insist all murderers pay for their cirme, regardless of how old they are or how long ago the events happened.

 

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8 thoughts on “JUSTICE MAKES YOU FREE…

  1. Sadly the Nazi’s gave cover to psychopaths who were able to indulge their perversions with impunity. Age softens the features and demeanour of these people but the passing of time does not diminish the horror of the crimes they perpetrated.

    To a some degree The Troubles™ gave a certain cover to certain people, allowed them to do some very sick things and claim they were done in the name of a noble cause, something along the lines of the Shankill Butchers, though I’m sure such instances can be found on both sides.

    I know you’ve championed La Mon, it is very sad what happened there, but senior republicans have expressed regret about such instances which did nothing to further the cause of a United Ireland. The killing of innocent civilians is never justifiable.

    I do believe you are being disingenuous in this analogy, especially as you have been critical recently of those who compared unionism to Nazism.

  2. Many things I have read in the comments made in ATW, but the facile, glib, throwaway statement of " it is very sad what happened there" just about wins the prize for the most insensitive, stupid, silly and inappropriate comment about murder ever made upon this site!

  3. Also Mike, it would be fairer to judge my post in it’s entirety instead of isolating a few words from one sentence.

  4. DV

    Yes I understand that, just as I’m sure you would understand the anger felt over the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.

    Let’s not take the murder of innocents in isolation, instead of choosing to be angry about one maybe we should share an anger at ALL atrocities where innocent, non-combatents were killed.

  5. "Let’s not take the murder of innocents in isolation, instead of choosing to be angry about one maybe we should share an anger at ALL atrocities where innocent, non-combatents were killed."

    Well said and fully agree, DaithiO.

  6. Daithio. The devil is in the detail. Who are the ‘innocents’ and more importantly who are not ?

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