UN Court Ruling Assures Impunity for Nazi War Crimes

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a decision that has been little noted by the American news media – and misreported by those news outlets that reported it at all — the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled last Friday that Germany enjoys immunity from liability for crimes committed by German forces on foreign soil during WWII. The [...]

German Court Lets Admitted Nazi Murderer, Heinrich Boere, Go Free

Posted by John Rosenthal

“Ex-Nazi Guilty in Wartime Murders,” the New York Times headline ran. “Heinrich Boere, Ex-Nazi SS Member, Convicted For WWII Murders” ran the headline of the AP article on the Huffington Post. The Times of London even chose to run with “SS killer Heinrich Boere finally jailed at 88.” But the headlines could just as well [...]

Double Standards: War Crimes Case Reveals Laxity of German Justice

Posted by John Rosenthal

Earlier this month, a German court in Munich found the 90-year-old former Wehrmacht officer Josef Scheungraber guilty on ten charges of murder for his role in a massacre of Italian civilians in the town of Falzano di Cortona in June 1944 during the Second World War. The case has invited comparisons to that of John [...]

The Demjanjuk Farce or Will Germany Get Its Show Trial?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last week, the Munich district attorney’s office announced that it was charging the 88-year-old John Demjanjuk with some 29,000 counts of accessory to murder for his alleged activity as a guard at the Sobibor concentration camp during the Second World War. Germany is seeking the long-time Ohio resident’s extradition. The spectacular development will lead many [...]