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Hi everyone — Peter here with news of todays World have Your Say, on air at 1800 GMT.Today, check out this website because we’re discussing what might turn out to be the final push of OPERATION LAST CHANCE
To quote directly from the website: “Operation Last Chance is a campaign to bring remaining Nazi war criminals to justice by offering financial rewards for information leading to their arrest and conviction. To date the initiative has been launched in Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary. Operation Last Chance is a joint project of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Targum Shlishi Foundation.”As of now, one of the men wanted by the Nazi hunters is an 86-year-old Dane, Sorem Kam, who lives in Germany — and rejects the charges.
He was indicted in Denmark for the murder of an anti-Nazi journalist and is accused of deporting hundreds of Jews to concentration camps during German occupation.This man is now 86 years old, so WHAT’S THE POINT ? Should we arrest and deport someone for crimes committed more than 60 years ago? Is it ever too late for justice? Should Sorem Kam and other Nazi war criminals be hunted down ? The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem, is demanding that justice be done – even if it’s better late than never. They’re offering rewards of US $15,000 to anyone with information on the whereabouts of wanted individuals. This is where this debate gets interesting because there is a school of thought which says most of the world’s worst Nazi war criminals live openly anyway, shielded by governments who apparently don’t care, or they’re protected by statutes of limitations.The new campaign was launched in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and next week representatives from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre will be in Europe to name and shame governments, some of them members of the European Union such as Germany, where wanted Nazis (they say) have succeeded in not being caught and / or brought to justice.What do you think ? Does there come a time when long ago is just too long ago? These people are now not just old, they’re very old, so should they be left to live out whatever time they have left ? Or were the crimes so awful, so (yes, this is the right word) evil, that there should never be a limit on when, and where, and how, they are tracked down. These people however were not the masterminds, they were never the decisions makers. They were the drones, the people who followed through on the decisions taken, on-high.
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