Monday, April 10, 2006

Today's Lesson

Word comes today of the death on 18 March of Drexel Sprecher, 92.

A labor lawyer, he was a prosecutor at Nuremberg, and editor-in-chief of the official report, Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals.

Your author, at 18 a college frosh, happened upon these 15 or more volumes in the library, and spent a considerable amount of his leisure time the next several years reading them all. That experience continues to have a profound effect on him.

Not that the atrocities were so unique, but that they weren't. The Athenian extermination of the males of Melos, "G-d" supposedly directing the genocide of the people of Amalek (I Samuel 15:3), the Belgian genocide of 20-30% of the people of Congo, the US genocide of Native Americans and African Americans ...

Here endeth the lesson.


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