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Polish Gov’t Launches Auschwitz Probe

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Posted on Nov 11, 2011
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This grim stop sign still stands near Auschwitz’s infamous gate at the Nazi concentration camp in Poland.

The capture and prosecution of Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk in the U.S. earlier this year has prompted the Polish government to launch another hunt for any remaining staff members from Auschwitz who could still be at large. Some 500 Auschwitz survivors will be interviewed to aid in the search.  —KA

Krakow Post:

The Krakow branch of the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland (Instytut Pamieci Narodowej, IPN), which investigates both Nazi and Communist crimes, announced the new probe at the end of October. The aim will be to ascertain whether any former Auschwitz staff are still alive, and if so, whether to pursue legal action against them.

Efraim Zuroff, a Nazi hunter working with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told AP that he welcomed the news of the new investigation. But, he also said that the results were not a foregone conclusion.

Mr Zuroff added: “The Institute of National Remembrance excels in opening up investigations. They don’t excel in prosecuting Nazi war criminals.”

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By Anarcissie, November 13, 2011 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

It’s more than 66 years since the last camp was closed, so someone who was 20 years old at the time—surely the lowest possible age for a general or field marshal, or other responsible officer—is now 86.  I guess this is going to be the last go-‘round and the bottom of the barrel is being duly scraped.

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By Realist, November 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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Why are we still chasing a dwindling number of ancient Nazi war criminals when there are so many oil war criminals to be had?

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By berniem, November 12, 2011 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

I wonder if our Polish friends will extend their investigation to the complicity of the catholic church? Oh, and wasn’t hitler and most of his crew catholic? Were they ever excommunicated? Just askin’. FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!!

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By Roger Lafontaine, November 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment
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What are we talking about here - privates and corporals, 18 and 19 year olds(at the time)? They missed all the opportunities to prosecute the generals and colonels and most of them are probably dead since they would have been older. I don’t think it’s right to put all the punishment on the working class ranks who may have been forced to serve against their will while the leaders got away.

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By paul moehle, November 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Occupy Movement

    Why were those original Boston patriots shouting “Taxation without
representation is tyranny!”? Taken at their word, it wasn’t tax opposition so
much as resentment against others thousands of miles away, with no Americans
in their legislatures, setting tax rates. To not realize this is to misunderstand
why the colonists wanted independence in the first place.

    Now consider the plight of citizens seeking representation today. Will
my representative listen to me and my ten buck donation or give his ear to
those with the million dollar handouts?

    Then there is the Supreme Court ‘money = speech’ decision. Foreign
corporations can now, through American subsidiaries, pump money and
influence into our politics. It’s deja-vu all over again - foreign influence
with no American representation!

  Lastly, the Tea Party and their GOP benefactors are now engaged
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  If Tea Partyers want to align their beliefs with the original Boston
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of the Supreme Court ‘money=speech’ decision, and (3) oppose GOP voter
suppression programs. Otherwise they are triple-time traitors to their own cause.

  And in the spirit of the Occupy movement, why don’t the Democrats enlist the Tea
Party in their efforts to get money out of politics. It’s the key to changing things.
It’s the American Way… if ya can’t beat ‘em, co-opt ‘em.

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