Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

New Book Exposes World’s Indifference to Nazis After World War II

January 25, 2013 5:01 pm 14 comments

Simon Wiesenthal holding a picture of infamous Nazi war criminal, Walter Rauff, in May 1973. Photo: Wikipedia

A new book claims that governments around the world were unwilling to track down Nazi criminals in the wake of World War II because of “vested interests.”

The UK’s Daily Mail writes that “Nazi Hunt: South America’s Dictatorships and the Avenging of Nazi Crimes,” by German historian Daniel Stahl, calls the half-hearted efforts of postwar governments a ‘coalition of the unwilling.’

Stahl writes that the French feared prosecutions would expose their collaboration during the war, the South Americans feared a spotlight on their own murderous regimes and the West Germans wanted to help ‘old comrades’ get away.

The Daily Mail article refers specifically to Joseph Mengele, “The Angel of Death,” Gustav Wagner, responsible for 150,000 deaths at the Nazi extermination camp of Sobibor and S.S. Colonel Walther Rauff, one of the developers of the mobile ‘gas vans’ used to kill Jews before the static death camp gulag was built.

Even Interpol, the international criminal police organization, failed to aid in tracking down the Nazis.

Interpol secretary general Marcel Sicot, responding to a request in 1962 from Jewish organizations to more vigorously track them down, said: “Why should war criminals be prosecuted since the victor always imposes his laws, anyway?”

“No international entity defines the term ‘war criminal.'” Sicot said he regarded the criminal prosecution of Nazi crimes as “victor’s justice.”


14 Comments

  • Just click on the website. It is a free and rational act. You have mens rea and actus rea.
    I met Mengele when I was like that. He was short. his cheeks were heavily lined from, I understand, incredible pain. Not from osteomyelitis or spongiform that reduced his height in 2002 by 6 inches, but undergoing the trauma he imposed on others so his programming was always ahead of what anyone else knew, I think. If that is true, he was caught in his own invention, monarch programming…trauma based DID or MPD using whatever scared people the most….SRA being one such terrible thing to be able to make people do what he wanted…the nations employing him, hiding him, maybe the walls of Villa Almarin in Mougins could talk? I met him when he was i his 90’s, in 2002 IN CONTEXT as I researched the subject in all innocence. Maybe as an Ipsimus he was not really in control of his own wishes. The outcome, no need to kill people any more.
    It is usual in that profession to be both driven without mercy and kill or be killed. But the future promised is an end to killing, people will do as others wish. Eugenics, expect the worst while you are still capable of understanding if this is the threat I think it is. Tim Baber.

  • In defense of my statement, fact and comments, there is no G-d fearing Jew that doesn’t believe in the Tanakh and Genesis 15:14 “And that Nation That They Serve I Will Punish”, whether its relative to them or not thats two different things, we’ll just wait and see,, this is/was prophetic and relatve to Abraham and his seed so we’ll just wait and see, as opposed to having my comment removed and the speculation that abounds as to if it was the truth,and whether all these so far comments understand basically what truth is, how it works,,,, and if a lie will come to an end by a G-d of Jiustice and reciprocity. His-tory may not lead you to the truth but fullfilment of Prophecy will. “And That Nation That They Serve I Will Punish”

    • Why the comment about slavery. The conditions in Africa during the 1600’s and 1700’s and even 1800’s, were far worse than in the US. They had food, water and shelter and a much better life than in Africa.

      • Please don’t presume to judge conditions in the vast African continent during the 1600s – 1800s! You are utterly sick in the soul if you believe that life on a slave plantation in the New World of 1600s – 1800s was “a much better life than in Africa”! Utterly depraved mind!

  • Who is this Maria? Am I missing a comment somewhere, Facebook perhaps, which I haven’t joined? Anyway, From a historical point of view, a while back, I did run across some document that found not only were Arabs the biggest slave traders, but Jews also played a part in the slave trade, albeit a very minor role. Also, Africans themselves played a role. How messed up is that? Now that I remember, it was a piece done on one of the Jewish websites that I receive, where I read this. If you can’t trust a Jewish website for this type of information, well…..

    To WINNIE: I am black, and I get tired of black American angst also, albeit, we have as much a right to kvetch and be angry as any other group. There comes a time when you have to get over things, but not to forget them. It has its time and place, like everything, but not all of the time. We, all of us, need to stop this predjudice, backstabbing and name-calling. It only holds us back, achieves absolutely nothing, and brings down the country, as if we need to be brought any lower than we are already. When will we ever learn? Lets get over it and get past the past! Learn from it, which we never seem to do.

  • The Nazis were considered useful in the fight against Soviet Communism

  • Yankel Gorokhofskij

    This is a lie, and you are a lying anti-semite, Maria.

  • Julia Maitland

    Maria, slavery was disgusting and horrific- agreed- but to blame slavery on the Jews? You do realize this is an old lie that perpetuates hatred towards Jew when in fact they (Jews) possessed far fewer slaves than non-Jews in every British territory in North America and the Caribbean, and in no period did they play a leading role as financiers or shipowners in the transatlantic or Caribbean slave trades.

  • By the way maria, why no mention of the Arab slave traders who to this very day ply their ugly trade in places like Mauritania and Sudan?

    Why no mention of the slaughter of over two million Christians and animists in the Sudan which goes on to this very day?

    Why no mention of the GIA in Algeria who dismembered children as young as five or six after raping them?

    While I appreciate your mostly inaccurate and bigoted historical interest and obsessions with Jews, I do find it interesting that current, modern day victims of genocide are of no concern to you.

    Speaks volumes.

    Know what I mean?

  • WHY THE HECK IS ALGEMEINER ALLOWING THE POSTING OF SUCH ANTISEMITIC GARBAGE BY THIS “MARIA” JEW-HATER?????
    Aren’t there enough places where to read Jew-hating stuff???

  • It never ceases to amaze me how the deniers/apologists for the Holocaust are the same people who think another Holocaust is a terrific idea.

    Know what I mean. ‘Maria’?

    Sure you do.

  • maria I realize that my mere saying so will not change your mind but for much of the time period you’re talking about not only were Jews not allowed to live in many areas the church forbade commerce with them so your premise is impossible. look it up don’t believe me.

  • For some people, everything has to go back to the Jews, even when it’s the ‘christians’ doing it. But the slave trade was started by the Muslims long before Europeans got involved and is still ongoing. But the commenter, I know, won’t want to know this. And black Americans have a better life than most Africans. Intead of being choppped to pieces or enslaved by the Muslims, black Americans can live the American Dream, even though they prefer to voluntarily jump into the Left-wing purpose built plantations specially built for them. People are tired of black American angst.

  • Peter Strauss

    Maria, please publish facts and figures which are documented.
    Because you talk through your backside and know precisely that it was in fact the Arabs who where involved in slave trade.
    Please don’t distort truth, people on this page are smarter than you may think.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Features World Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Graves of Jewish Pirates in Jamaica Give Caribbean Tourists Taste of Little-Known History

    Tour operators are calling attention to Jamaica’s little-known Jewish heritage by arranging visits to historic Jewish sites on the Caribbean island, including a cemetery where Jewish pirates are buried. A report in Travel and Leisure magazine describes the Hunts Bay Cemetery in Kingston, where there are seven tombstones engraved with Hebrew benedictions and skull and crossbones insignia. According to the report, centuries ago, Jewish pirates sailed the waters of Jamaica and settled in Port Royal. The town, once known as “the wickedest city in the […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    Filmmaker Eyal Resh Embraces the Challenge of Telling Israel’s Story (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Telling Israel’s story. It’s the specific title of a short film that Eyal Resh created last year. It’s also the theme behind the 27-year-old Israeli filmmaker’s broader body of work. The widely viewed “Telling Israel’s Story” film—directed by Resh for a gala event hosted by the Times of Israel online news outlet—seemingly begins as a promotional tourism video, but quickly evolves to offer a multilayered perspective. “I want to tell you a story about a special place for me,” a young woman whispers […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    Israel Geeks Out: Science, Art and Tech Event Embodies Jewish State’s ‘DNA’

    JNS.org – The entrance to Jerusalem’s Sacher Park was transformed from April 25-27 by a fire-breathing robotic dragon, which flailed its arms and attempted to take flight. The robot, a signature feature at Jerusalem’s first-ever “Geek Picnic,” was one of more than 150 scientific amusements available for the public to experience. This particular dragon was designed by students from Moscow’s Art Industrial Institute in conjunction with the Flacon design factory, said Anatasia Shaminer, a student who helped facilitate the display. Children […]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

    Read more →
  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

    Read more →