Monday, January 13, 2014

GERMANY - Legacy of the Nazi-Era

aka "Legacy of Satin's Disciple"

"Germany continues to grapple with Nazi-era legacy" PBS Newshour 1/12/2014


SUMMARY:  Nearly seventy years after the end of World War II, the German government is intensifying its efforts to educate young Germans about Nazi war crimes and continues to pursue prosecution for those who committed them.  William Brangham reports from Ludwigsburg, Germany.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM:  From the outside, it looks like a beautiful old estate, but this is no private residence.  Inside, investigators for the German Federal Government are poring through decades old records, searching for the last remaining Nazi war criminals who might have escaped justice.

This is part of a much broader national effort underway in Germany to wrestle with the legacy of the holocaust… it includes the construction of memorials and museums at a record pace --- the revamping of the nation’s curriculum so that all German school kids get a fuller understanding of the Nazi era.

But perhaps few are as crucial to this effort as this man.  His name is Kurt Schrimm, and he runs the central office in Germany that’s still trying to bring former Nazis to justice.

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