At the end of last year, I reminded of the frenchman Michaël Prazans uncomfortable documentary series on Netflix (as of 2009), ”the Einsatzgruppen: The nazi death squads”. There are not many similar documentations, and when it comes to einsatzgruppernas cut-throat during the German campaign against the Soviet union beginning in June 1941, it is the only one with the same razor-sharp sharpness and accuracy.
Even those who think they know the most about the Holocaust will hit hard – not so few feel that they are being ”fed” information, or whatsoever all grottande in the second world war horrors. Prazan is also directed directly to you.
on Sunday, SVT showed a nice documentary (”The prosecutor”) about the man who came to prosecute a small number of those responsible for the German einsatzgrupperna.
27 years old when he was in 1947, got up on a stack of books (he was very short in stature) to reach up to åklagarpulpeten in Nuremberg and held his now classic speech. Ben Ferencz was one of the first who used the term ”crimes against humanity”.
the 22 defendants stood behind the skranket for a of the whole of the second world war's most horrific activities – 22 out of the 3 000 who participated in the German uniform. Fourteen were sentenced to death, two were hanged eventually, the others had their death sentences converted to prison terms. In 1958, eleven years later, they were all out in the free west Germany again.
You become nauseous at the mere thought.
the Documentary about Ben Ferencz strange way to Nuremberg is an incredible story, and the whole Ferecz life's work would be without doubt worthy of the Nobel peace prize. He lives by the way, and soon to be 99 years old – give him the price of his centennial.
these bestial mass murderer over the head a time came to be prosecuted. In Berlin ran Ferencz more or less straight into an archive that revealed everything. He did not even have to some eyewitnesses, the German documentation was meticulous, everything had been reported to Berlin. Exact figures on the number of wiped out the jews, roma, russians, partisans. One shot all! Dragged them out in the forest, stripped them, shot them, threw them in mass graves. Einsatzgrupperna murdered in this way two million people.
Dr. Rasch, commander of Einsatzgruppe C, had double academic titles, at all had the man responsible for einsatzgrupperna appointed well-trained academics – intellectual nazis would be easier to explain the necessity of the purging you did, have good arguments to their subordinates: Not least, to those who would be behind a machine gun a few hours at a time and on the right a short distance mow down thousands of women, children, the old. A slitig day on the job.
The German soldiers had not, did you if you mentally could not handle the pressure. There were other. They got a little better paid, they got more permissions limited, they got amfetaminpreparat, they received extra rations of alcohol. And political education, of course, they got to learn why the killing was justified from the German reich's point of view. If all of this can be read in historian Christopher Browning's study ”ordinary men” who just arrived in the Swedish new edition (Norstedts).
the iskalle Otto of the Army declared themselves the obviously innocent. Benjamin Ferencz explains in the documentary why he was careful to pick out the most responsible, but also the most well-trained officers.
If Dr. Rasch says Ferencz: ”He killed 33.771 jews in two days. On 29 and 30 september 1941.” A brief pause in the interview, he is on the road to start crying? Then he says, and lapping a little bit of laughter: ”I got the bastard!”
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