Don't Risk Auschwitz Trials Ending in Fiasco

Truth commissions would serve the cause of Holocaust education and the historical record far better than court cases where aging death camp guards brought in on stretchers stand a too-high chance of acquittal.

In spite of Hans L.’s tenure as a guard at Auschwitz, the former SS man still enjoys a life of freedom. Despite prosecutors' decades-long efforts to bring the perpetrators of the Holocaust to justice, they have been unable to link concentration camp guards like Hans L. to specific acts of criminal behavior, due to the obvious fact that many of the witnesses to Nazi crimes were exterminated.