All They Have Left is Vengeance

The holocaust looms large, in part, due to recency bias and the fact there are still people who lived it. There are people alive who claim to have been victims of the Nazis and there are people who were allegedly Nazis. There is big money oin finding these people and putting them in the media. In fifty years, there will be no one alive who thinks much about Nazis or their victims.

That said, Western Radicals will never forget and never let the world forget. At least that seems to be the plan. The interwebs tells me the Germans just convicted a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people at the concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard was sentenced to jail in Germany on Friday by a judge who branded him a “willing and efficient henchman” in the Holocaust.

In what is likely to be one of Germany’s last trials for World War Two-era atrocities, Reinhold Hanning was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people at the concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Rejecting the defense argument that the former SS officer had never killed, beaten or abused anyone himself, Judge Anke Grudda said Hanning had chosen to serve in the notorious death camp and had helped it run.

“It is not true that you had no choice; you could have asked to be transferred to the war front,” Grudda told Hanning as she read out the verdict.

She said it was impossible that he had been unaware of the murders since he spent two and a half years at the camp and had been promoted twice during that time.

“That shows that you had proven your value as a willing and efficient henchman in the killings,” Grudda said.

The white-haired Hanning, dressed in a gray suit and tie and seated in a wheel chair, listed to the verdict impassively. His lawyer, Johannes Salmen, said they would appeal.

During the 20-day trial that dragged on over four months, the court heard testimony from around a dozen Holocaust survivors, many extremely elderly, who detailed horrific experiences, recalling piles of bodies and the smell of burnt flesh in Auschwitz.

I have no doubt that the death camps were horrible. Russian prison camps were horrible. The Andersonville prison in the American Civil War was monstrous. The Japanese did horrific things to Allied prisoners. I had family die in the Bataan Death March. Of course, the Rape of Nanking and the Turkish genocide of Armenians killed unknown numbers. The point being, war is horrible and industrial war is the most horrible. It’s why we should do what we can to avoid it.

Vengeance after war for the “crimes” of the losers is understandable. Hanging German officers and leading political figures for their crimes during the war made perfect sense. In this case, what the Nazis did was the logical end of Rouseau-ist moral philosophy and that scared the hell out of people in the West, as it should. They needed to find a way to pretend it was an aberration. The Nuremberg trial was an effective way of “proving” that the Nazis were outside the scope of Western moral philosophy.

Still, prosecuting a 94-year old guy, for anything, is of dubious value. It’s not like there had been a 70 year manhunt for this guy. He lived his entire life in plain sight. He did not go around bragging about his time in the war, but he could have been put on trial years ago if it was so important to justice. Clearly, it was not important enough 70 years ago or 50 years ago or even 20 years ago. It’s not like this old man was a danger to anyone or a flight risk.

It’s important now because the people in charge only have a list of bogeymen. They no longer have an affirmative argument for why they should rule and why their preferred system is best. The main argument against Trump, for example, is to chant “Hitler” or “Racist” over and over. The argument for maintaining the monstrosity that is the EU is, well, “Hitler!” Putting a corpse on trial for the Holocaust is just a morality play to remind everyone that the night is dark and full of terrors.

In the US, the Civil War often fills the role of the Holocaust. A mentally ill kid shoots up a black church and the people in charge restart the Civil War, tear down some Confederate flags and topple over some old statutes in the South. The message was clear. Do as we say or the KKK will be riding through the streets and Union Army will be forming on the Potomac. It’s a histrionic madness that is wildly out of proportion to the triggering event, but all they have now is this pointless vengeance.

47 thoughts on “All They Have Left is Vengeance

  1. The ‘6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’ are scientifically impossible frauds.
    see the ‘holocaust’ scam debunked here:
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:

    We’re talking about an alleged ‘6M Jews & 5M others’ … 11,000,000.
    There is not a single verifiable excavated enormous mass grave with contents actually SHOWN, not just claimed, (recall the claim of 900,000 buried at Treblinka, 1,250,000 at Auschwitz, or 250,000 at Sobibor, 34,000 at Babi Yar) even though Jews claim they still exist and claim to know exactly where these alleged enormous mass graves are.

  2. Lumping the holocaust together with war overlooks civilization entirely. The casualties endured by the Japanese due to the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were fewer than casualties that occurred during the battle for Okinawa. Okinawa, Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki were war while the pogroms and concentration camps were mass murder with Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, mentally ill and others deemed undesirable.

  3. I find the trial as stated in your post actually quite strange when considering Angela Merkel’s family who did nearly identical deeds as George Soros. The Merkel’s lived in Poland – the homeland of my father – while George Soros was born in Hungary. Merkel’s family assisted the Nazi’s by snitching on Jews in Poland to be handed over while Soros not only snitched but actively participated in stripping the Jews of their valuables and herding them to concentration camps. Soros – a Jew himself – claimed his collaboration was to stay alive, yet – his wealth originated going back to that era. The Merkel were steeped in communism and while they assisted in ratting Jews out in Poland – they did not go as far as Soros. Why is Soros not brought up on charges?
    It’s true that not many are alive going back to that era – there are off-spring of those who suffered under the Nazi rule – like both my parents did. My father and his family – who were polish and living outside of Warsau – were stripped of their farm and other successes they achieved by force based on their faith. The same happened to my mothers family who were Tzech and living in a small town outside of Prag/Tzech Republic. I lost half of my family before they were able to escape the Nazis. As many others were – both of my parents and what was left of their families were hiding and running until after the war was over and they arrived in Germany. Thinking back to my childhood and the many stories my father and mother told me about their experience, injuries and suffering inflicted by the Nazis – it was heartbreaking. My father was deeply affected and many – including my dad – who were psychologically scarred – committed suicide.
    The Germans do many things based on ‘optics’ – and the trial of this man is part of that. Germany – deeply embarrassed after WWII ended – promised to pay ‘war reparations’ to many countries based on the atrocities of Hitler and his party. They did keep their promise. Some offspring of the Nazi’s are now politically active. The political leadership now in office in Ukraine after the overthrow by the CIA et al is a ‘Nazi party’ but chosen anyway by this admin. and state department/Nuland. Another Nazi-party is making waves in Germany now after the muslim invasion is out of hand. That is also as a result of the offspring. ONe last thing: I was born in Germany – the hate for Jews and Christians among others has not subsided, it just remains dormant.

  4. I don’t particularly care for the term “Holocaustianity” mainly because it suggests that Holocaust worship on its own is the issue when its just a larger part of something else. The Holocaust like climate change and similar issues became as big as they are because the Cold War ended. It was never such a big deal even as late as the late 1980s in the general public. I figure that some historian in the future looking back at the period from the end of the Cold War to when the new order and theology eventually takes hold (probably in the next 20 years or so) will look on all the talk about the Holocaust and global warming and multiculturalism as filler, elites groping around for theological motivation before the new central idea took hold.

    As for whether history matters to anyone under 40, I’d say it depends. In the west most probably don’t care that much, not just about the Holocaust but about the past in general as well. In the east on the other hand I wouldn’t say that is true. Victory Day and WW2 are still a major thing for Russia and China. For the Holocaust specifically I would figure that it would only retain significance for Jews and Israel especially as time goes on. There have after all been genocides after the Holocaust and most people couldn’t care less. (Actually Vox made a point sometime on his blog, that if Hitler had stuck to Germany alone he would have been largely successful in getting rid of the Jews there without much complaint from anyone. Or in other words, as long as you don’t go out of your own country, you can do whatever you want.)

    In fact I’d say that Israel is more likely to remember it long after American Jewry has gone Amish or moved onto something else. The Holocaust has been promoted among American Jews as a shorthand for the religion that is largely not practiced by them anymore but again like most other ideas to substitute for God it won’t work in the long term. The Israelis have a healthier approach to it; Holocaust remembrance is part of the series of holidays leading up to Independence Day – in other words its part of affirming their national identity and the need for the state to exist. (Here’s an example: They do the same moment of silence on their version of Memorial Day too.)

  5. Coming to grips with the fact that is all about vengeance is crucial. The alt-right has done so. Conservative, Inc’s supporters have not. A concise, functional working definition of a(n earnest) cuckservative is someone on the right who doesn’t understand the overwhelming role this sense of moral righteousness–vengeance–plays in all that They do.

    Realizing it means perpetually going on the offensive, never yielding an inch or apologizing for anything, refusing to accept the priors of your persecutors, and having no enemies to the right.

    • Amen. Love your site, too, Audacious Epigone. The left is at war. For them, there is no peace, no loyal opposition. This is precisely what the alt. right gets. It has taken me years to comprehend this simple fact.

      • Thank you.

        It has taken me years to comprehend this simple fact.

        Likewise, and then a few more to become confident that the necessary response is what I laid out above. Trump has so overwhelmingly shown that it is the way, though, that any lingering doubt I may have had has been spectacularly dispelled.

  6. Have you as a dirt person had enough? I have. A craw full of the sonofabitches running things. Funny, the truth couldn’t be much simpler. Who is it and what is it the great blood thirsty murderers, the mind blowing waste of blood and treasure, almost always somebody else’s but their own, behind the Armageddon’s of the nation states, in the sphere of human activity. The human’s who usurp power and wealth in the form of the state isn’t it? And in order to retain the order of their power, it requires vast energies to keep up the appearance of legitimacy. What better way to that than to wage war and genocide, through proxy, by pogrom. Where would we be without the bastards? Just think.

  7. I was dating an American Jew during the Rowandan genocide. I asked her parents about “never again” and about stopping it, more recent industrial killings like Pol Pot,etc. They admitted they didn’t care. They lived just a few miles from the Holocaust museum in LA.

    It was then that I realized the whole Holocaust industry – countless movies and documentaries are still cranked out every year – was a sham to guilt Westerners into helping Jews. That Jews only care about mass killing when Jews are involved, are content to let things take their course and avoid involvement otherwise.

    • If you want to have some fun, engage a Jew adamant about the Holocaust never happen again, bring up Holodomor. Sorry folks, I’m against all mass slaughter, not just the ones that involved Jews. (And as many Christians died in the Holocaust as Jews.)

      • Or even funnier, ask about the Armenian Genocide, which Israel officially denies!

        “Israel Won’t Recognize Armenian Genocide, Says Ambassador”

        The German parliament just voted to recognize it in June, Turkey promptly recalled its ambassador to Germany in protest, vowing to take further steps in response, i guess this means more refugees!

  8. It’s interesting to see how the Japanese and Germans were treated after the war. We got big show trials for the Nazis, not so much for the Japanese. And we still don’t really talk about the atrocities the Japanese commited. Somehow I think it was decided that it would be racist to continue to blame the Japanese.

    It’s really too bad that we pay so little attention to WWI. It was a horrific war. It’s hard to understand the cause of it. It changed civilization in a major way. And most school kids can’t even tell you who we fought in it.

    • My in-laws placed two restrictions on who their sons could marry: no Muslims and no Japanese people. They Japanese were absolutely barbaric in Asia and a lot of people there are still furious.

    • They hung plenty of Jap officers a officials, too. And a lot of the ones who would have been hung took the hairi kiri express out of town ahead of the trials…

    • I think a LOT of the reason there was no shaming of the Japs after the war more than there was , is do to the anti-bomb folks and the nano-PC group-think. Not right away, but within 15 years , it appears to me ( willing to be rebuked ) that the mindset of a lot of folks was, we were monsters for dropping the bomb on two Jap cities forcing their surrender. The anti-war folks and the pro-communists melded as useful idiots and to me, that’s why the Japs were cruel and the enemy in the war movies, but they were shallow characters and not “evil” as that Nazi’s nor agenda driven. No?

      Add another 15 years and the public narrative on dropping the bomb was even more to the left of center, ie, it was a horrible thing to do. In the 70’s, that’s how it was taught to us in junior high. Needed to be done, but was horrible and in it, the Japs deserved no more scorn; they’d paid the highest price. That’s how I viewed it until I got older and started doing my own reading.

      In many respects, the Japs were on a level higher in depravity and evil-ness than the Nazi’s. The difference really is, the Japs didn’t murder millions of Jews. I hate to put it that way, but the Japs just murdered millions of Chinese and Koreans. So, since those groups are ethnic, not religious victims and the populations of both were not almost eradicated, the moral outrage is muted for the most part.

      The Nazis were horrid. The Japs were horrid. It was a VERY dark war and deserves distance we’re now getting for perspective, but too… it cannot be easily dismissed as lesser than other major turning points in history. Too much was on the line and in many cases, fate tipped our way when it easily could have gone the other.

    • WW I started when the Russian Empire attacked the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Kaiser Wilhelm actually tried to stop the war, yet the Germans somehow ended up as the bad guys. The cause of WW II supposedly was the German attack on Poland. Yet, after years of war, the Russians gobbled up Poland with nary a peep from the Allies.

      • Some fair criticism there but, apart from the question of what the Allies could have really done to enforce the Yalta terms on the USSR, it’s worth noting that the Russians permitted Poland to be run as a puppet state by its own communist dictator wannabes. It didn’t abolish the existence of the Polish state entirely, nor turn its heartland into a charnel house of murder camps, nor speak of massacring enough Poles to extinguish the language and culture entirely, and then pursue that policy.

        There are places in eastern Europe that could fairly say Soviet rule was worse than German [countries the Germans had permitted to exist as allies, for example, at least until the end]. But Poland cannot be one of them. The Germans set out to abolish Poland and Poles and they had started down that road.

  9. It was well known that Nazi officials were allowed to continue running Germany after WW2 ended, and were asked to do so by the US government. While this might have been kept from the average US citizen, everyone here knew exactly who was an ex-Nazi*. Reinhold Hanning is just a case for Germany to satisfy the Jews, who constantly throw the holocaust in our faces in a way to perpetuate a guilt-trip Germans should have gotten over decades ago.

    So when do we expect to see IMB executives hauled into court? Are they not complicit too**? How about Standard Oil who provided and sold tetraethyl to support the Luftwaffe? And GM and Ford? Or Coca Cola? Fanta was specifically invented for Nazi-era Germans. How about Kodak? Their German branch used slave laborers from concentration camps.

    I agree it was a horrible thing in our history and it never should have happened. But it did – like so many atrocities around the world at different times and places. But at what point do we recognize it for what it was, accept it and move on? And what value is there in the prosecution of a 90-year old war criminal? Dare I ask “At this point, what difference does it make?” In a way, it is much like your blacks who can’t get over being slaves…all though I am not aware of any blacks alive today who were actually slaves in the US, while there are still many holocaust survivors alive today. So maybe it does make a difference.

    Had anyone actually taken to heart what was written in ‘Mein Kampf’, it probably could have been avoided. But no one believed what was then nothing more than the unhinged writings of first world war corporal with a failed art career. But then your President Obama also promised to ‘fundamentally change American’ and no one fully appreciated what he meant until 8-years later.

    I would advise you to carefully listen to Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump because the odds are good they, like previous leaders, will do exactly what they have promised. Vengeance foretold is a forewarning of things to come.



    • You know, accusing American corporations of complicity in the holocaust because they sold products or established subsidiaries in Nazi Germany **in the thirties** is just as stupid as prosecuting a 94 year old ex camp guard 71 years later. (…and as far as I can tell, poor Reinhold wasn’t even a guard. He was some kind of camp accountant.)
      I agree with Z-man. Today’s holocaust obsession has gotten out of hand. I also agree that WWI had a greater effect on the world at large than WWII. But then again, I consider WWII to be a direct extension of WWI. (WWI and WWIa, if you will.)
      Full disclosure: I work for an American subsidiary of a German corporation that *can* be credibly accused of complicity in the holocaust – Siemens AG.

      • Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Thats why we should remember wars and the reasons that they happened.Even the Rwanda situation should be remembered…And that a-hole Pol Pot communist thing in Cambodia.

        • I agree. My father flew B-24’s in the CBI theatre. My uncles also served. I lost friends in Vietnam .
          I make sure my grandchildren know what I know.
          Gob bless those that serve.

    • I do not personally “beat up” Germany or Germans for what happened in WWII. However, I do find it extremely convenient to simply say “… recognize what happened, accept it, and move on.”

      Others say it is a hand that has been overplayed. I agree. Sometimes I get fed up with Hollywood and “another movie about the holocaust” but regarding the events and actions themselves, they deserve remembering. Why? Because as historians know and Gen. Santayana said so eloquently, “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” (my paraphrase)

      This is important because the same sentiments (antisemitism) that resulted in the death of so many Jews is actually on the rise today. And the actions of organizations like the EU, the UN, etc. target Israel in subversive and deadly ways that aid enemies of that country. And those enemies are sworn enemies who have a publicly declared goal of destroying that country and it’s people. They are still under attack and someone needs to stand by them. I do not see Germany taking much of an active role.

      Does that sound like business as usual from a Euro-centric entity that should simply be accepted and tolerated? I don’t think so.

      Karl, you are absolutely correct that the Nazi’s, the Holocaust and other occurrences in WWII were simply taken advantage of by big business of the time for the sake of profit. Like illegal immigrants who will work for cheaper wages today, back then, hey, Jews, prisoners were basically free labor and those costs savings went straight to the bottom line. Despicable I know. But here we are today with large multi-national corporations that rose from the ashes of that war because they fed off the corpses of the dead. Big Pharma from Europe is a big hot button for me. They were big time supporters of the Nazi’s and look where they are today.

    • Karl, quit fucking apologizing for WW2. When I compare what Hitler did and what Stalin did, Stalin was 10x worse. Frankly, if we had been on Hitler’s side, we might have been able to curb his excesses, limit his ambitions to the restoration of pre-1919 borders, and together we could have stomped the shit out of Stalin. Stalin was literally satan on earth, but you don’t hear the Russians apologizing for him continuously.

      • @ Buckaroo Banzai – We would like to, but some people like to throw it in our faces.

  10. I keep waiting for “cuz Nazis” to stop being an automatic argument winner, but I see people my age using it, and I’m young enough that half my grandparents were in elementary school during the war.

    Has anyone stopped to think about the coalition of the oppressed, our new majority, is going to think of segregation and the Holocaust? My in-laws experienced WWII as the Japanese behaving abominably with a distant German sideshow and they were shitting in latrines in the sixties. I just don’t see someone from that background feeling bad about segregated plumbed in washrooms fifty years ago.

    • Anyone about 20-25 right now will have had absolutely no experiences with the WWII generation (or if they did was nursing home type experiences). In looking at the age of the alt-right and it’s themes, you can see that of bewilderment by that age bracket who are conservative.

      At this point, I’d say “cuz Nazi” is going to become a high comedy trope. It’s already being turned in that. Once you scream out “Nazi” and the entire group laughs automatically at you for it, it’s done.

      • “At this point, I’d say “cuz Nazi” is going to become a high comedy trope. It’s already being turned in that. Once you scream out “Nazi” and the entire group laughs automatically at you for it, it’s done.” 🙂

    • Sarge, that’s exactly the problem. They do forget and never learn from “their” mistakes. Maybe like the Japanese, these so-called leaders should have some honor and fall on their swords when the create such epic disasters. But that would be too much to hope for wouldn’t it? 58,000 plus and countless veterans wounded physically or otherwise for someone’s lies and wet dreams.

  11. On the one hand, point well taken; vengeance and the will to power seem to be all that is left, for the left.

    But this – “I’ve never found the Holocaust and WW2 to be very interesting.” is inexplicable. Your intellect and reasoning power are so great, and yet you say you find WW2 not very interesting. I’ve been reading about the subject of the war, and speaking to participants my entire adult life and have never found it to be uninteresting. The sheer scale and enormity of the war, and its profound meaning is the single greatest cautionary tale in history – ethnic and/or ideological self-worship, without limits, will inevitably create a holocaust, everywhere.

    Reading this site usually surprises me with its brilliant insights. This time it surprised me the other way round.

    • Don’t get me wrong, I don’t ignore it. It’s just that in the grand scope of history, it is not as high on the list of important events as The Great War, the 30 Years War, The 100 Years War, The English Civil War, the American Civil War, the French Revolution and many other events. I’d place it in the next level down. The residue of WW2 is just about gone now. We still live with the effects of the English Civil War.

      • Yes, WWII really is the end of WWI. WWI changed everything about Europe, it already knew how to kill on mass scale before it got the Holocaust.

      • I think that the invention and introduction of the Atom Bomb rates putting WW2 as a long term historically important event. It was atomic weapons that has largely shelved open warfare between the great powers. Without it we probably would have had a Soviet-West war in the 1960s or 1970s. Instead we got airplane hijackings and proxy warfare here and there. That said I think that in the long term historians won’t look at WW2 as its own event but rather the entire period from 1914-1953 as one long period of war same as the 100 Years War.

    • The 1st and 2nd World Wars were less two wars than a thirty year war in which the most lasting damage had already been secured by 1919. The world had fundamentally changed, and not for the better. The 2nd World War in Europe was Adolf Bonaparte breaking out of Elba but with a better plan. The battle film was much better too, some of it even in color. But the earlier war created the geopolitical monster of communism, ended the evolution of 500 years of European civilization, and, it should be said, diluted the very quality of it’s DNA.

      • “……Adolf Bonaparte breaking out of Elba but with a better plan…..”

        Brilliant. Sadly, while Z’s loyal readers can connect the dots, how many people under 40 or so would have any idea WTF you are talking about. 1%, maybe….and I’m being generous.

    • WW II was actually the second half of WW I. WW II is important to Americans because we played a big part in it. The Pacific naval war was all ours. WW II is important to the Brits because they destroyed themselves fighting it. One can make a good argument that the U.K. has never recovered from WW I/WW II. I believe that the period from 1914 to 1945 was one of the critical turning points for the West, but that WW I was the significant conflict.

      • ‘… the Brits destroyed themselves fighting it…” Really? Wow! I guess they would have been better off surrendering like France and wind up speaking German (should the overall war have been lost).

  12. Off topic…I discovered this blog a few weeks ago – I can’t exactly remember how; maybe Vox Day or Instapundit linked one of your posts – and I really dig it. There’s a pull quote in every paragraph. Just saying “thanks.”

  13. “The Nuremberg trial was an effective way of “proving” that the Nazis were outside the scope of Western moral philosophy.” Bingo. “Berkeley or Nazi?” is a fun party game if you want to feel suicidal. Take the most virulent, over the top race essentialist statement you can find: “All ___ are ____, and deserve ____.” Does that come from the pen of A) Heinrich Himmler, or B) the syllabus of a freshmen humanities seminar in any “elite” college in America? National Socialism is evil and horrible, but it’s a very obvious consequence of the Cult-Marx garbage taught in every school in the land.

    • Once you start imagining the perfect society, you have to imagine the perfect citizens and that means culling the herd. It’s why utopianism always leads to a bloodbath.

      • Ever read Norman Cohn’s The Pursuit of the Millennium? It’s still in print, I think, despite being written in the 50s. He traces this stuff all the way back into the early Middle Ages. And he was in US intel during WWII, and interviewed many captured Nazis and about-to-be-repatriated Soviets. Interesting stuff – turns out we can force Jesus to return if we just kill off all the sinners.

    • Article 21 of Charter of the International Military Tribunal:
      The Tribunal shall not require proof of facts of common knowledge but shall take judicial notice thereof. It shall also take judicial notice of official governmental documents and reports of the United Nations, including the acts and documents of the committees set up in the various allied countries for the investigation of war crimes, and of records and findings of military or other Tribunals of any of the United Nations.

      English translations of Russian translations of Polish copies of an alleged German original which cannot be found. That is typical of Nuremberg ‘documents’. Ask Carlos Porter about that, his website is filled with such ‘documents’

      Recall that at Nuremberg is was stated that ‘the court was not bound by technical rules of evidence.’ Ahem.

      The official use of torture in extracting “confessions” from Germans has been confirmed repeatedly.

      – All but two of the Germans [on trial at Nuremberg], in the 139 cases that we investigated, had their testicles kicked in beyond repair. This was standard operating procedure with our American investigators:” 23.1.49, The Sunday Pictorial (quoted in For Those Who Cannot Speak (ref. 27), p.21.The statements which were admitted as evidence were obtained from men who had first been kept in solitary confinement for three, four and five months..The investigators would put a black hood over the accused’s head, punch him in the face with brass knuckles, kick him and beat him with rubber hoses. American judge, van Roden

      – Judge van Roden’s allegation of torture to gain “confessions” is confirmed by Texas Supreme Court Judge, Gordon Simpson. He confirmed that savage beatings, smashing of testicles, and months of solitary confinement occurred. Congressional Record, appendix v. 95, sec.12, 3/10/49

      – U.S. Congressional Representative, Lawrence H. Smith of Wisconsin said:
      ” The Nuremberg Trials are so repugnant to the Anglo-Saxon principles of justice that we must forever be ashamed of that page in our history.”
      Congressional Record, appendix, v.95, sec.14, 6/15/49

      – All but two of the Germans, in the 139 cases we investigated, had been kicked in the testicles beyond repair. This was Standard Operating Procedure with American investigators.
      by Judge E. L. van Roden, “American Atrocities in Germany”, The Progressive. February 1949, p. 21f.

      – Judge van Roden’s allegation of torture to gain “confessions” is confirmed by Texas Supreme Court Judge, Gordon Simpson. He confirmed that savage beatings, smashing of testicles, and months of solitary confinement occurred.
      – Congressional Record, appendix. v. 95,sec.12, 3/10/49

      – “The prisoner was torn from the top bunk, the pyjamas ripped from his body. He was then dragged naked to one of the slaughter tables, where it seemed to [Bernard] Clarke the blows and screams were endless. Eventually, the Medical Officer urged the Captain: ‘Call them off, unless you want to take back a corpse.'”(12)
      12.R. Butler, Legions of Death, Hamlyn, (London, 1983), p.237

      – The admission of Bernard Clarke was corroborated by Mr. Ken Jones in ‘The Wrexham Leader’, October 17, 1986.
      Mr. Jones was then a private with the Fifth Royal Horse Artillery stationed at Heid in Schleswig-Holstein.
      “They brought him to us when he refused to cooperate over questioning about his activites during the war. He came in the winter of 1945/6 and was put in a small jail cell in the barracks,” recalls Mr. Jones. Two other soldiers were detailed with Mr. Jones to join Hoess in his cell to help break him down for interrogation.”
      “We sat in the cell with him, night and day, armed with axe handles. Our job was to prod him every time he fell asleep to help break down his resistance,” said Mr. Jones.
      When Hoess was taken out for exercise, he was made to wear only jeans and a thin cotton shirt in the bitter cold. After three days and nights without sleep, Hoess finally broke down and made a full confession to the authorities.

      – There was no legal precedent for this, one official noted, besides which “any court of inquiry into these allegations would be futile”.

      – In one complaint lodged at the National Archives, a 27-year-old German journalist being held at this camp said he had spent two years as a prisoner of the Gestapo. And not once, he said, did they treat him as badly as the British.
      When Hoess was taken out for exercise, he was made to wear only jeans and a thin cotton shirt in the bitter cold. After three days and nights without sleep, Hoess finally broke down and made a full confession to the authorities.

      – “The London Cage was used partly as a torture centre, inside which large numbers of German officers and soldiers were subjected to systematic ill-treatment. In total 3,573 men passed through the Cage, and more than 1,000 were persuaded to give statements about war crimes. The brutality did not end with the war, moreover: a number of German civilians joined the servicemen who were interrogated there up to 1948.
      As the work of the Cage was wound down, the interrogation of prisoners was switched to a number of internment camps in Germany. And there is evidence that the treatment meted out in these places was, if anything, far worse. While many of the papers relating to these interrogation centres remain sealed at the Foreign Office, it is clear that one camp in the British zone became particularly notorious. At least two German prisoners starved to death there, according to a court of inquiry, while others were shot for minor offences.

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