posted on Sep, 16 2014 @ 10:23 PM
I feel that sentencing him to prison at this point would just be pointless. Obviously great atrocities were committed, and people should be held
responsible, but given his age I think nothing productive would come of it. Obviously getting him off the street is no concern. Putting him in jail is
not going to make him think about anything he hasn't already thought about over all these years. He's come to grips with what he did in one way or
another, whether he is sorry or not. If he does feel bad about what he has done, prison won't change that. If he doesn't feel bad about his actions,
prison won't change that either, not at his age. So the only reason to imprison him would be as a punishment, but after all these years I don't see
I will tread lightly here, but I want to bring up a point that I've often thought about. Everyone wants to condemn the actions of Nazi soldiers in
general, which is understandable considering these actions were sometimes atrocious. However, I have a feeling that all of these people think that
they would act differently in such a situation, while I postulate that many of those who condemn such actions would be right there in the thick of it
if they were in the same position. This goes mainly for those who truly were following orders, not those actually making the decisions. If everything
you know in life exists within a system such as that present in Nazi Germany, whether you live or die comes down to your obedience to the system. I
think the majority of people would choose to keep their own life and do what they are told. In fact, I am quite convinced of this.
This doesn't mean the actions are justified by any means, which I want to make explicitly clear. History has shown that all peoples are capable of
committing atrocities, and I don't think modern humans are any different. Human nature itself hasn't really changed. And deplorable actions of a
violent nature probably become easier with time. And then there is the fact that within a group, such as the military, the presence of your comrades
actually works kind of like a peer pressure type motivator. People are often natural followers.
You also must understand the Nazi rise to power initially. Roughly half of the German population did not support Hitler's coming to power, yet after
attaining power one of his first acts was to make sure there was no opposition. This is something all modern citizens of the world should understand,
as a similar situation could easily repeat itself in the future, especially if a country becomes unstable and the people are looking for a way back to
prosperity, which is what Hitler played on to gain the support of maybe half of the population or so. So those in power will make examples of those
who will not cooperate, and it doesn't take long before those people with "moral values" quickly lose them. So all I am saying is that, while such
actions cannot be ignored, people should realize that the majority of the people claiming they would never participate in such violent acts actually
would, whether they realize it now or not. Hopefully such scenarios will never arise in any advanced nation.
Anyway, my initial point was simply that people are imprisoned for multiple reasons. For one, isolating them from the general population keeps them
from violating the population with their crime. Obviously this is not a concern in this case. Another reason is to punish them for their actions. This
punishment comes in two forms. The criminal has lots of time to think about what they have done, as they are constantly reminded that they are in
prison and that they are there for a reason. The other punishment is keeping them from living a normal life. The person in this case has already
thought about his actions I'm sure, and has come to terms with them in one way or another. Thus prison is not likely to make him consider that what
he did was wrong. He has already made up his mind regarding his actions. And the last punishment, keeping him from living his life normally...well it
is a little late for that considering he is at the tail end of his life. Thus the punishments don't really make sense.
Then there is the idea that prison acts as a deterrent, and although I think this is a violation of a person's rights considering it has no bearing
on their particular case, in this instance who are we trying to deter? All of the other Nazis working in concentration camps? So my point is that
prison doesn't seem like a logical option at this point.