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Obama's legacy - National Debt / Credit Downgrade / Obamacare Failure / Economic Failure / Foreign Policy Failure / Liar of the Year Award / The Rise of ISIS
I totally agree that those who kept the cogs of the holocaust going are complicit in all those deaths. Thing is, this guy feels the same way. Over the decades, he has been setting holocaust deniers straight by telling them, "you are wrong, I was there, I saw it all."
His sentence should certainly take that into consideration.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
I am skeptical of the assumption that forced labor (which sometimes was a 'choice' foiced on the companies) made a huge difference in their profits or net worth after the war. There is no doubt that WWII dried up civilian (and international) sales but that it also created new huge sales for Germany's war effort - still, the calculus is very unclear. The 'ledger' would have to calculated the net difference in profits from what "would have been" without a war (positive or negative), deduct the cost of massive destruction of family factories, and the marginal gain (if any) from using unskilled forced labor rather than skilled free labor.
No one believes the Quandt's should have used forced labor, nor that in some factories (the AFA battery plant) conditions were appalling. But the assumption that the children are "inheriting a functioning society" built with the net difference in the cost between forced and wage labor (the money the forced labor should have been paid) is highly dubious - the Quandt's were got quite rich PRIOR to the war using free labor (like most industrialists).
In other words, had all industrialists used free labor they would have still profited (as they did in WWI) and there would still have been a society to inherit.
This is btw not a gripe with industrialists or the Quant family or anything like that. I am mostly interested in the way so broad based severe crime was handled after the regime that had legalized the criminal behavior of the population was deposed. I am interested in the continuing repercussions from this method of dealing with one's societies breakdown of civil behavior and conscious bestiality.
Germany is not the only country to have undergone this type of process. It is the one I was able to watch best.