- Jul 29, 2018
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German court sets trial date for former Nazi guard, aged 100
A spokeswoman for the Neuruppin state court said Monday that the trial is set to begin in early October. The centenarian’s name wasn’t released in line with German privacy laws.
The suspect is alleged to have worked at the Sachsenhausen camp between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing.
Authorities say that despite his advanced age, the suspect is considered fit enough to stand trial, though the number of hours per day the court is in session may have to be limited.
I am always thinking, how easy it is to blame them for being complicit, and where would we have been had we the misfortune of being born in their time, at that place?
No authoritarian regime can be established without approval of its citizens, but are there many ways to escape when the regime is established?
My great-grandfather, who joined the Bolshevik party before the revolution and did not like what he saw afterwards, found a good way to escape. He stopped paying party membership dues, systematically drinking them away. So he was shamed and kicked out of the party but never prosecuted… because he did not go against it.
I never met him. I admire him.