Siert Bruins

Are we really still chasing after Nazi War Criminals?
Is there still a point in trying to find what remains of a contingent that were involved in something that happened more than 69 years ago?

I can understand that a person must be held accountable for the crimes they committed. I profoundly feel this towards individuals that were responsible for genocides.

But then how can anyone feel a sense of justice by seeing a 85+ year old man/woman being brought to trial? Most nazis and waffen-ss have died off of old age. Others have been let go due to a lack of evidence.

If we really wanted to bring justice to those that have lost family members through the horrors of the World War II, then why stop there?
There are others – non-Nazi and/or non-Germans – whom took part in comitting atrocious acts against another human being, and some with much enthusiasm.
And there are of course the others that have done so against their will.
Should we take these people into account as well? And if so, where do we draw the line? How would anyone be able to distinguish between an individual that carried out these actions voluntarily or through coercion?

At one point, it has to stop. Finding these people should have been done a long time ago. Not now. It is too late. So many years have already passed and these people have returned to a quiet existence.
This makes me ponder on whether those that committed the crimes were somehow influenced in such a way that under normal circumstances they wouldn’t have done. Brainwashed and taken away by the conditions and emotions of the time.

I am not suggesting that we forgive and forget the crimes brought about the Nazis during the Wars, but perhaps it is time to let go.

Old nazis may be dying off but nazi hunting continues to thrive.

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