Elusive Justice: War Crimes and the Buchenwald Trials

Elusive Justice: War Crimes and the Buchenwald Trials David A. Hackett
  • Title: Elusive Justice: War Crimes and the Buchenwald Trials
  • Author: David A. Hackett
  • ISBN: 9780813332161
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Elusive Justice: War Crimes and the Buchenwald Trials David A. Hackett Elusive Justice War Crimes and the Buchenwald Trials There were hundreds of Allied military trials held to try the thousands of lesser offenders of Nazi Germany especially concentration camp officers and guards who were rounded up and put on trial aft
    There were hundreds of Allied military trials held to try the thousands of lesser offenders of Nazi Germany, especially concentration camp officers and guards, who were rounded up and put on trial after the war The Buchenwald Trials were some of the most important of these The most infamous defendant was Ilse Koch, wife of the Buchenwald camp commandant, who collectedThere were hundreds of Allied military trials held to try the thousands of lesser offenders of Nazi Germany, especially concentration camp officers and guards, who were rounded up and put on trial after the war The Buchenwald Trials were some of the most important of these The most infamous defendant was Ilse Koch, wife of the Buchenwald camp commandant, who collected lampshades and other objects made from human skin.Most of the defendants were convicted for their crimes But Cold War politics influenced the severity of the sentences that were handed down and extraordinarily light prison terms became the norm None of the defendants at Buchenwald served than ten years for their crimes Even worse, many were released after just a few years under various amnesties and pardons later given out by a joint US West German parole board.The Buchenwald Trials reveals the opportunities that were lost to see justice done in the aftermath of the worst crimes ever perpetrated against humanity Also lost in the furor over the trials was the opportunity to reveal to the public the true dimensions of the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes in Europe With questions of accountability for war crimes arising once again in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the lessons of Buchenwald are both timely and sobering.
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    About David A. Hackett


    1. David A Hackett is Associate Professor and former Chair of the History Department He is editor and translator of The Buchenwald Report Westview Press, 1995 , which has been published in Germany as Der Buchenwald Report Beck Verlag, 1996 He is currently completing a book titled Elusive Justice about war crimes trials of Buchenwald officers and guards, scheduled for publication next year He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on German History, Twentieth Century Europe, the Holocaust, and World War II He received a BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and a MA and Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin at Madison He studied at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, under a Fulbright grant and has returned to Germany several times for research under Fulbright and DAAD grants.


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