DIARY OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

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Re: DIARY OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

Post by Niner » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:04 pm

In Europe, the winning side wanted the Kaiser tried by an international court and punished for war crimes. He was in Holland and the Dutch weren't turning him over. And that's the way it remained and the Kaiser died in Holland at the start of WWII. Other "war criminals" were tried under German law but nothing much came of it.
The trials ended with a whimper: Though over 901 cases of war crimes were identified, only 17 were tried. By the late 1920s, the rest had been dropped and few who had been convicted served any time whatsoever. Though the Leipzig trials and the debate over Wilhelm’s war guilt helped set the stage for both international law and the prosecution of war crimes, they failed to achieve the goal of actually punishing anyone who committed or enabled atrocities during the war.

Wilhelm was never tried, and died in exile in 1941. Historians are still split on his role in causing World War I. So how did the deposed Kaiser fare in his posthumous “trial”? The verdict was mixed. Though the historians found him guilty of causing German troops to invade neutral Belgium, they acquitted him on all other counts.

BY ERIN BLAKEMORE
https://www.history.com/news/wwi-kaiser ... pzig-trial

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Post by Niner » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:27 pm

What do you do after a sizeable war? You thump your chest and gloat and build monuments to the victory. You do a lot of praising of the valent dead and as T. R. has said "be thankful that they had lived" to fight and win the battle. Some of these proposed monuments may not have been built or modified in ambition. However, A hundred years ago today here was a newspaper story. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn ... -1/seq-19/
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Post by Niner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:05 pm

The Kaiser offers to give himself up to the allies for trial in place of the "900" Germans who were , according to him, only doing their duty.

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Re: DIARY OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

Post by DuncaninFrance » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:44 pm

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Post by Niner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:52 pm

Considering nothing ever happened to him or the 900, save a handful with short sentences it didn't amount to much of an offer. However.....it could have. He didn't know at the time.

And then..... after WWII where there were some very sickeningly evil doings for the Nuremberg criminals to answer for at the end.
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Post by Niner Delta » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:14 pm

The Japanese also had some answering to do.....
"On November 12, 1948, death sentences were imposed (hanging) on Tojo and the six other principals.
Sixteen others were sentenced to life imprisonment, and the remaining two of the original 25 defendants
were sentenced to lesser terms in prison.
In addition to the central Tokyo trial, various tribunals sitting outside Japan judged some 5,000 Japanese
guilty of war crimes, of whom more than 900 were executed."


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