Meet Alois Brunner and, yes, he was a Nazi.
He was a particularly evil Nazi (not to say that the Nazis weren’t an extra-special kind of evil). This man is on record as having enjoyed what he has done and has stated that if he could, he’d do it again.
Brunner is responsible for sending at least 140,000 European Jews to the gas chambers. He was commander of the Drancy internment camp outside Paris from June 1943 to August 1944, from which nearly 24,000 people were deported.
In short – he was a really, really, really bad man.
Alois Brunner was born on April 8, 1912 which would make him 101 years old as of today and Nazi hunters, along with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, believe that he is still alive and living in Syria.
What. Utter. Nonsense.
For the record: I am not now nor have I ever been a Nazi sympathizer. I do not deny the Holocaust happened. I am most definitely NOT an anti-Semite. I do not hate Jews. I don’t hate ANYBODY and I swear on all that is holy if ANYBODY out there dares to write that I am any of these things you will find your particular ass in a very specific sling when I haul you into court for defamation and libel.
I do, however, have a serious question:
At what point are you Nazi hunters and the SWC going to concede that some Nazis got away?
You know, SWC, I remember a few years ago when you said that Adelbert Heim was on the “verge” of being captured. Only problem was that Heim died 20 years prior to your announcement and there was documented evidence of his death.
Look…I, of all people, appreciate what you have done in the name of the six million Jews who were stripped of their rights, their dignity, their property and their lives. I also appreciate and respect very much the fact that you have taken the time to do what the rest of the world seemed to neglect: hunting down and bringing these Nazi bastards to justice.
But Alois Brunner alive in Syria at the age of 101? That’s a stretch of a magnitude off the scale.
There are some practical matters to consider here. Let’s say he is alive (doubtful): what exactly do you expect his mental state to be at 101? Do you think he would even understand, much less remember, what he once was or even who he is today?
Do you think that he’d live long enough to stand trial?
Do you think he’d be competent at 101 to stand trial?
The last question is pertinent. If, by some miracle, he’s still alive at the ripe old age of 101 and completely out of his mind from advanced senile dementia would that even matter to you? Because if it doesn’t, you’re not interested in justice.
No, this would be revenge. Okay, that’s understandable considering what the Nazis did (Brunner in particular) but why even bother with bringing a 101 year old man with senile dementia to a trial? Why not just tell him he’s going to die for what he did, put a bullet between his eyes and be done with it?
I certainly don’t have a problem with that and some may consider it justice but it’s not the kind of justice we who uphold the Rule of Law believe in.
That was what Brunner and his ilk believed in.