When you work in the Army, you do not have much of a choice when you are given an order, which makes it hard to define what actions from troops in the Army are the result of just following orders and what actions are ultimately their willful decision. In the book Gentlehands by M.E. Kerr, we can judge whether we believe Frank Trenker, also known as Gentlehands, should face justice for his actions as an SS Nazi soldier or if he should be left alone in peace. Mr. Trenker, like almost all Nazi soldiers at the time, killed millions of innocent people. He also lied on a legal document upon entrance to America. What sets his case apart is that he committed acts that were beyond his orders, such as tormenting his prisoners. Therefore, because Trenker committed genocide, lied on a federal document, and tortured innocent people, he must face the repercussions of his actions. …show more content…
Trenker should be allowed to live out the rest of his life peacefully, since he is currently a kind, wise, and caring old man, and the past is no longer relevant. While he is a new man now, he is still not sorry for his actions, and he must know that what he did is unacceptable and unethical. To start, Frank was an SS Nazi officer and was involved in the mass murder of a myriad of innocent people. Those he “condemned to death were: all mothers together with children up to age thirteen, the pregnant, the deformed, invalids, the sick (even the exhausted who only seemed sick after the torturous ride there), and all men and women over fifty.” (pg. 163) Trenker killed many innocent people, from children and babies to pregnant women, mothers, and the elderly. Even worse, those who were not killed were sent off to work camps and were worked to death. This is genocide, or deliberate mass murder of a group of people, which is absolutely
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3,546,211 people endured the Holocaust almost 100 years ago. Reinhold Hanning had been just one of the Nazi’s guarding one of the concentration camps. Hanning is pending arrest for his so called “act against the jews.” He should be exempted fully for his crime. No evidence has been found to backup the claim that he had actually murdered someone along with that he had no choice.
What enrages me is that a jury found Raymond Cormier not guilty in the death of Tina Fontaine. Apparently there was a lack of forensic evidence, yet he discussed the death of Tina in police recordings. He said "We had sex, she got angry... She found a knife, by sunset she was dead" Raymond also said "There are three rules in crime: deny, deny, deny. "
Ender’s Game Heroism Essay Is it okay to commit genocide and come out guiltless? Well, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, follows the journey of a young boy, Ender, who has the fate of humanity on his shoulders. This book is set in a future era; there are spaceships, colonization of planets, and battles with the infamous buggers. The buggers were considered a threat to the humans and their colonization.
I believe that depending on the state of the crime, the person should be imprisoned. However, Philip Grosser, who was imprisoned because he was opposed to fight in the war, was the only prisoner who shouldn’t have gone to prison. Morton Sobell and Robert Lipscomb had done wrongful acts, which got them imprisoned. In fact, Morton Sobell was a spy for the Soviet Union and gave military secrets to them.
“We are in the presence of a crime without a name,” said British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The Nazis were always remembered for the killing of over six million European Jews, but at the time, there was no name for this wicked act. After the war, many of these Nazi war criminals were convicted of an act called genocide, a word that did not exist before 1944. Genocide is the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group. Genocide occurs because of many factors that trigger this cruelty.
On the twenty-ninth of May, 1942, Radio Prague announced that Reinhard Heydrich, Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, was dying; assassins had wounded him fatally (The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich). On June 6th he was reported dead. Reinhard Heydrich also known as, “The Hangman”, was one of the heinous and most brutal mass murderers in Nazi Germany. Reinhard was a high-positioning German Nazi official who was also one of the vital planners of the ‘Final Solution’ aka the Holocaust (biography.com). His protégé, Walter Schellenberg, described him as a man with “a cruel, brave, and cold intelligence.”
“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them” (Wiesel). The atrocities of the Holocaust were horrible and grotesque, and even today people continue to wonder with pessimistic awe what the persecuted people of the Holocaust era had to endure. We all try and “put ourselves in survivors’ shoes” as a way of showing sympathy and kindness, but in reality, we can’t do that.
Personally, I don't agree with either of the above perspectives. As I believe that they take a very one sided view of the event, and ignore any facts that disagree with their narrative. Instead, I agree with the perspective that although the bombing of Dresden was morally and ethically wrong, is wasn't a war crime. This perspective is shared with many other historians, such as Frederick Taylor, who told Der Spiegel, “I personally find the attack on Dresden horrific. It was overdone, it was excessive and is to be regretted enormously," but, "A war crime is a very specific thing which international lawyers argue about all the time and I would not be prepared to commit myself nor do I see why I should.
It all started September 1st, 1939, when the Second World War occurred and ruined the lives of many Jews, Germans, and other people who were included in the war. There were many heroes though, and one of them is Albert Goering. He did so many courageous things to save the Jews, he blossomed and surprised many people, his brother being one of them. He tricked, killed, and saved quite a bit of citizens. He couldn’t save everyone, but the ones he did save are very grateful that they got to live to see the sun another day.
In the book “The Sunflower”, Simon Wiesenthal, who was the author, was one of the victims of the Holocaust. Within this book, Wiesenthal presents his readers with his problem of whether or not to forgive the disgraceful delinquencies of one of the dying Nazi soldiers. Wiesenthal asks, “Was my silence at the bedside of the dying Nazi right or wrong? This is a profound moral question that challenges the conscience of the reader of this episode, just as much as it once challenged my heart and mind” (Wiesenthal, 97-98).
When the atrocities of world war two are brought up, many people think of the biggest travesties the war caused, like the holocaust and Pearl Harbor. They think of the Jews and Americans slaughtered with almost ungodly techniques, and the countries that committed these war crimes. But one such case never comes to the mind of the average Joe, Unit 731 and its founder, Shiro Ishii. Ishii was born into a rich family on June 25th, 1892 in the Kamo district, Chibe prefecture, and southeast of Tokyo (Byrd 15). Shiro joined the military as soon as possible due to his great love for Japan and the emperor (Ammentorp).
The relatives of Notorious Nazi Leaders In the book My Grandfather would have Shot Me, we see Jennifer Teege find and come to terms with the fact that her grandfather was the commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp, where he was nicknamed the butcher of Plaszow for his inhumane treatment of Jewish people. (Teege 9). Amon Goeth was responsible for the death of thousands of Jewish people and the liquidation of more than two million polish Jews beginning in the year of 1942(“Amon Goeth, Hitlers nazi butcher” 1). He was later hanged for his actions leaving behind a daughter who would later have Jennifer Teege.
He says, “It would be fitting for us Germans to remain silent face of what was the greatest crime in the history of mankind” (Schröder speech). The “crime” they committed gives them no privilege to have an opinion about the war. Their opinion, even if benefits the targets in the Holocaust, does not reflect the millions of people that died during the holocaust. Their opinion is irrelevant because most likely they had no family die in the war unless in battle. Lives were stripped piece by piece by German soldiers.
Every time he spoke in defense of himself, he claimed that he just simply followed the order from his superiors. Obedience is the vocation of a solider, but it does not mean solider must carry out unethically inhuman order without any thinking. Blind obedience in this case caused a huge massacre to
In the poem, “On the Divine” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the author states, “Noble be Man,/ Generous and good”. This quote is meant to show that mankind is to be noble and good from a very optimistic perspective. However, put in such an event as the Holocaust, for example, this quote is proven wrong, for mankind has just as much potential to be noble and kind as they do to be selfish and cruel. In the Holocaust memoir, Night, by Elie Wiesel, the author proves just this. The author, being a survivor of the Holocaust, writes of his first hand experience struggling through the awful events that happened to him and many other innocent people.