Prosecuting elderly Men for acts committed as “Boy soldiers” over 70 years ago! I have placed this in “Speakers Corner” because I really believe this to be an issue worthy of serious discussion. Consider this story. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...uspect-94-faces-trial-German-youth-court.html Now, lets do some maths. He would have been born around 1924 He would have been around 4 years old when Hitler and the Nazis gained their first seats in the Reichstag. He would heave been around 9 years old by the time Hitler had confirmed his leadership by the enabling acts of 1933. From the age of 14 he would (Almost certainly) have been in the Hitler youth, and even before that he would have spent almost his entire school life in an environment that would have heavily promoted both Nazi ideals and Hitler as the leader. And through all this time, joining the SS would have been heavily promoted as being something to aspire towards, Being the “Best of the Best” like the Royal Marines or the SAS. Something that he would only have been able to achieve had he been able to demonstrate complete commitment to the cause and a willingness to obey orders, no matter how dangerous or unpleasant, instantly and without question. He would have been around 15 at the outbreak of the War. And he would have worked as a guard at Stutthof from the age of 17 (Maybe even younger) until the end of the war. For much of his life he would have known nothing but Hitler as leader, and nothing but Nazi ideology as being right and proper Indeed, The Nazi higher-uppers were really quite deliberate at ensuring that, for the most part, the Soldiers assigned to the very worst Concentration and Death camps were “Boy” (And “Girl”) soldiers who had really known nothing else for their entire lives so that they could be relied upon to obey their orders even if they really didn't like them very much. (# See Below) This Mans role as a concentration camp guard was basically the end result of intensive grooming for the role since primary school age, and he was still only an adolescent when he took up his duties. Many shared his fate, and in a very real sense both he and the others like him were just as much victims of the Nazis as anybody else. In hindsight, given the intensive nature of the indoctrination that young Germans were subjected too throughout the 1930’s, I think it is highly questionable that anybody under the age of 30 at the wars end should have been tried for “War Crimes”. But I can understand why in 1945 it was felt appropriate to do so. However, In 2018, now we understand so much more about the psychology of indoctrination and brainwashing (And indeed, the psychology of acceding to the demands of perceived authority ) I feel that the idea of taking this man (And the others of a similar age that have been taken through the courts recently ) to trial for acts committed, as adolescents, or just outside adolescence, under extreme psychological pressure, three, perhaps even four (Depending on your definition) generations ago under circumstances that most people today simply cannot imagine, is utterly monstrous. (# Oskar Gröning ) Spoiler: Oskar Gröning Oskar Groenig hated his “Duties” so much that he requested transfer to the Eastern Front. An almost certain death sentence! However, his request was denied. Really, what more could he have done?? Prosecuting him in his early 90’s was an utter travesty of justice too! Really, his willingness to come clean and denounce the growing “Holocaust Denier” movement during the 1980’s made him a hero for truth and justice, whatever happened in his earlier life, he exonerated himself through this and really didn't deserve any form of legal sanction. I was appalled when he was prosecuted too! This is political show-boating of the very worst sort. Really, what sort of society do we want to live in. For my part If I could grant him Political Asylum, I would! And at the risk of bringing “Brexit” into the mix, I really do not want to have any sort of political union with any state that believes that this sort of persecution of severely abused people a lifetime after the acts they are accused of is IN ANY WAY AT ALL acceptable or Just! What say you OCUK?