News ? "New" Documents that reveal what everyone already knows ?
No real news for anyone with very basic historical knowledge of German postwar History, and only logical . The Nazi Party had 12-15 million members in the end, every important job until 1945 was done by Nazis, since they took over every existing organisation during their rule. Without them there was no rebuilding Germany. The Allies who ruled Germany until 1948 / 49 agreed. Even the GDR and the Russians employed a lot of former Nazis.
They could have done a better job of purging them later in the 60's, but apart from real hardcore war-criminals (and even some of these got spared) it was felt that for the benefit of "peace" in the German society one should better remain silent about a lot of former Nazis.
Just like after the fall of the Wall it was felt that the former Communist thugs should remain largely untouched, apart from some minor prison sentences for shooting hundereds of People at the border. Typical for Germany.
Basically what Mas said. Had we not been so adiment about de baathification and held the Iraqi army together there probably would have been less bloodshed and greater balance of power. Its a case of forgetting history and not reliving it.
After WWII, the Nazis leaders responsible for the criminal policies were trialled and the rest were given an effective pardon.
The number of former Nazis was actually very high in post-war Germany state apparatus, the non-Nazi official was the exception, not the rule.
In foreign ministry or police services the number of former Nazis can safely be assumed to be way above majority(I can search for numbers if somebody wants, but they will be 60-80% for ministries).
Adenauer himself pardoned many thousands of war criminals and Nazi murderers.
The Nazis were essential part of Adenauer's government. And contrary to what was written here they were actually involved in many crimes.As of January 31, 1951, the amnesty legislation had benefited 792,176 people. They included people with six-month sentences, but also about 35,000 people with sentences of up to one year who were released on parole. Frei specifies that these figures include a bit more than 3,000 functionaries of the SA, the SS, and the Nazi Party who participated in dragging victims to jails and camps; 20,000 other Nazi perpetrators sentenced for "deeds against life" (presumably murder); 30,000 sentenced for causing bodily injury, and about 5,200 charged with "crimes and misdemeanors in office."
Oberlander laid out plans for "removal" of Jews and Poles.
Continuing his studies on rural population of Poland he noted in his works that "Poland has eight million inhabitants too many".Hans Kruger-another minister, was a Nazi judge in occupied Poland who sentenced numerous Poles to death.In the summer of 1937 Oberländer formulated a "divide and conquer" strategy for Poland. Within Poland, ethnic groups were to be directed into fighting with each other in order to prepare ground for German rule. The Poles were to be steered away from opposing Germans and guided into confrontation with Russians and Jews. Oberländer additionally called for elimination of "assimiliated Jewry" which in his view carried "communist ideas". Polish peasants were to be "taught" that they benefit from German "law". In order to win over Poles for the side of German hegemony in Europe, Oberländer proposed that they share in theft of Jewish property. Around 3,5 million Polish Jews and 1,5 million people who were considered "assimilated Jews" were to be deprived of all of their rights. He is considered by some historians to be among the academics who laid the intellectual foundation for Final Solution.[4
Heinz Reinefarth- a man responsible for Wola Massacre in which tens of thousands of Poles(with up to 100.000 being highest estimate) were mass murdered, received a pension from West German government and was elected a mayor of a town by German people.
There are dozens, dozens, if not hundreds, or perhaps thousands of cases like this. West German government wasn't interested in sentencing former Nazis who committed atrocities against Poles. All attempts to put them on trial were denied.
During Cold War, it was easy for Germans to deny the truth, since they blamed it on "communist propaganda" and portrayed former Nazis as victims or decent people.
Unfortunately West Germany became a haven for Nazis, released war criminals and appointed people with territorial ambitions against Czech Republic and Poland as ministers.
It is a sad fact that taints the existence of German republic. Especially since it didn't deal with its Nazi past under Adenauer, atrocities against Central and Eastern Europe(Jewish genocide being noble exception), idolization of former nationalists and Nazis, and lack of compensation for victims.
What's news to me is that the role of ex-Nazis in post-WWII Germany (West Germany) is considered news.
"It can be truthfully said that Germany was never punished really for WW2. "
Now give me a break. 40+ years of division, loss of ~50% of territory (and were still missing half of Poland until today ^^) , mass killings and millions of dead from "resettlement" and deportations, planned starving of PoW's after the War.
If anything, as I already said before, one could have put more Nazi's on trial. But your above statement is crap. One could say that Germany is even "punished" today while all Nazis are dead or on the brink of dying.
The butthurt is strong with that one.
Dumber than a bag of hammers even.
Just Browsing should just browse and not post