Lord Janner hoisted on his own petard!
"Nazi criminal John Demjanjuk deserves no sympathy
trial of the Nazi death camp guard shows why we must continue to strive
for justice on behalf of the Holocaust’s victims."...
By Greville Janner
1:37PM BST 13 May 2011
"There were some who felt a pang of pity for John Demjanjuk yesterday, after he was found guilty for crimes committed during the Holocaust. He
is, after all, now a very old man. Ill health restricted him to his
wheelchair throughout his trial, as he sat silently behind dark glasses. At times it felt hard to connect this frail figure before a Munich court with the heinous crimes that were being detailed.
But we should waste no misplaced sympathy on a man who spent so many of the final years of his long life evading justice;
we should instead save our sympathy for the 28,060 innocent men, women
and children, robbed of their years by Demjanjuk and by his murdering
Sobibor, where Demjanjuk was a guard, was a place of
still more wanton barbarity. It was a camp dedicated solely to human
extermination, in which at least 200,000 people were murdered in gas
chambers. Although it operated for less than a year, from April 1942
when experiments in industrial murder first took place until October
1943, this bleak camp on the eastern fringes of Nazi-occupied Poland
remains infamous as a vile place of unimaginable cruelty and evil.
trial confirmed an important principle: that when it comes to murder,
rank is irrelevant. The old defence used at the Nuremberg trials was
“Befhel ist Behfhel”, or “orders are orders”. But in Nuremberg – and now
in Munich – it has been demonstrated that this can never be a defence
Yet while the guilty verdict is welcome, Demjanjuk’s
release pending an appeal will distress many survivors, who felt that
justice could only be served if he spent his final years in prison.
Now it seems that he may die a free man as well as an old man – a fact
which will haunt those whose relatives, of whatever age, were murdered
There have been suggestions that this will represent
the end of successful Nazi war crime trials. There is no reason why
this should be so. There is compelling evidence that numerous evil
individuals remain at liberty in Europe, despite having committed
appalling crimes during the Holocaust. It strikes me as both absurd
and offensive that we should fail to strive for justice on behalf of the
Holocaust’s victims because of legal complexities and reluctance to try
ageing suspects. Such attitudes betray a profound lack of
perspective, a view which relegates victims to historical inconvenience.
Those thousands, murdered in cold blood, were people like you and me –
and their voices demand to be heard.
If John Demjanjuk were to
serve his full sentence, it would represent just one day in prison for
every 15 people he helped to murder. Sadly, he may never serve even this
derisory term of incarceration.
The names of some of those
victims were read out during the trial, reminding us that Demjanjuk’s
victims were not mere numbers, but were real people with lives, families
and aspirations – brutally destroyed by murderers serving an evil
ideology. At the conclusion of the trial, the sobs of victims’ families
could be heard, representing a powerful mixture of relief and sorrow.
The worst of mankind was exposed during this trial. It should remind us why we must remain relentless in pursuit of justice – and dogged in our fight against the poisonous ideas that perpetuated the Holocaust.
Lord Janner is Chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust and a former war crimes investigator.
Hmm - It seems Lord Janner's sudden-onset dementia is even more sudden than earlier thought.
June 12 2014, only one month before claiming to have "dementia", Lord
Janner allowed his name to be added to a newly formed Lords' committee.
His name was passed without reference to dementia or any other
See here http://www.theyworkforyou.com/search/?q=janner
Consolidation etc. Bills Committee
accordance with Standing Order 51, that, as proposed by the Committee
of Selection, the following Lords be appointed to join with a Committee
of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Consolidation etc. Bills:
L Carswell (Chairman), L Christopher, E Dundee, L Eames, V Hanworth, L Janner of Braunstone, B Mallalieu, L Methuen, L Razzall, B Seccombe, L Swinfen, L Tombs;
That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records"
NWN: Many thanks to our correspondent HENRY for the above info and links.