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It may be the same Alois Knabel that's breifly mentioned on the "SS-Panzer-Ausbildungs-und Ersatz-Batn.18" thread at viewtopic.php?f=50&t=150921
No one seems to ask why Stalin did not use his huge air force to bomb the camps or drop paratroops who would have made short work of the SS men running the death camps. If there are sins of omission to be accounted for, then here may well be where the blame truly lies.
michael mills wrote:No one seems to ask why Stalin did not use his huge air force to bomb the camps or drop paratroops who would have made short work of the SS men running the death camps. If there are sins of omission to be accounted for, then here may well be where the blame truly lies.
At the time the three death camps under the command of Globocnik were running at full blast, in the summer and autumn of 1942, the German-Soviet front was hundreds of kilometres distant, at Stalingrad on the Volga. It would have been a risky operation to send the Soviet Air Force to bomb those camps from such a distance, particularly as Stalin needed to concentrate all his resources to fight the German forces that had penetrated deep into his country (which was not the case for the Anglo-American Allies). By the time extermination operations at those camps had ceased permanently, in autumn 1943, the front was still far away.
carman wrote:An officer of Hitler's SS who will be charged with "personal responsibility" for the murder of several hundred thousand Jews at Mogilev area, in the Ukraine, during World War II, will be put on trial next fall
Then, just as in Knabel's case, there was no execution of a Jewish family with a child, for a field officer had no authority to execute anyone, just as there were no reasons. This was just murder. Or, more precisely, "a kind of murder to fit ideologically", so the criminals knew they were not going to be brought to German military justice.
michael mills wrote:If the occupying state did not recognise the occupied territory as belonging to the enemy state, eg if it annexed that territory, or simply refused to recognise the enemy as a legal entity, then it could claim that the laws of war did not apply to the territory, and it was entitled to impose its own laws, ordinances and State-sanctioned practices (such as killing inhabitants of the territory it regarded as dangerous enemies).
michael mills wrote:In the case of the Soviet territories occupied by Germany in 1941, the German Government de facto withdrew recognition of the Soviet Union as a legal entity, meaning that in its view those territories were not occupied enemy territory subject to the laws of war, but a no man's land in which it was entitled to impose its own laws and practices such as State-sanctioned killing.
Art. 43.The authority of the legitimate power having in fact passed into the hands of the occupant, the latter shall take all the measures in his power to restore, and ensure, as far as possible, public order and safety, while respecting, unless absolutely prevented, the laws in force in the country.
Art. 45. It is forbidden to compel the inhabitants of occupied territory to swear allegiance to the hostile Power.
Art. 46. Family honour and rights, the lives of persons, and private property, as well as religious convictions and practice, must be respected.
Private property cannot be confiscated.
Art. 55. The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct.
Art. 96. In the event of one of the Contracting Parties wishing to denounce the present Convention, the denunciation shall be notified in writing to the Netherland Government, which shall immediately communicate a duly certified copy of the notification to all the other Powers informing them of the date on which it was received.
The denunciation shall only have effect in regard to the notifying Power, and one year after the notification has reached the Netherland Government.
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