Monday, August 24, 2009

The Double Standards of German Justice (Scheungraber and Demjanjuk)

Germany’s avid pursuit of the 89-year-old John Demjanjuk creates the impression that German authorities are vigilant about prosecuting Nazi war crimes. The recent conviction by a German court of the 90-year-old former Wehrmacht officer Josef Scheungraber reinforces this impression.

Josef Scheungraber at memorial ceremony (source: 3sat)

But closer consideration of the Scheungraber case shows precisely the opposite to be the case. It reveals the extremely high bar that has been set by German authorities for bringing charges against German suspects in Nazi-era war crimes cases. This high bar contrasts sharply with the extremely low bar that has been used in the case of the Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk.

See my new article on Pajamas Media here.