1781: The slaves of the Zong, for the insurance 1945: Heinz Eck, U-Boat commander

Daily Double: Lesser War Criminals

November 30th, 2009 Headsman

It’s the big wheels in villainy one naturally thinks of when reckoning the Third Reich’s war criminals — the Reichsprotekotors and concentration camp commandants; the Adolf Eichmanns and the Beast of Belsens.

But it’s obvious that in a conflagration as enormous as the Second World War, war crimes would not consist only in great monsters committing great monstrosities.

While this mere blog dare not join that timeless historiographical fray, that of meting out the correct measure of blood guilt throughout the German populace, its competency does extend to noticing the problem (philosophical, political, logistical) the Allies faced of establishing a workable approach to “war crimes” as the war wrapped up.

On these two dates just months after Germany capitulated, British and American military tribunals addressed themselves to two cases of atrocities that rate as forgettable in the scheme of things, by perpetrators who were thereafter forgotten.

On this day..

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3 thoughts on “Daily Double: Lesser War Criminals”

  1. bahis says:

    Despite knowing he was out of options, he insisted there was still time to salvage the situation.

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