Letter to the Editor
It is pseudo-religious fanaticism, as well as political opportunism, that is causing the show trial of Hubert Zafke ('Auschwitz medic, 95, becomes the oldest Nazi to face trial', 14/9). Quite obviously there is massive inhumanity as well as injustice involved in submitting so elderly a person to such an experience.
The charge itself (‘a functionary in the Nazi murder machine which he enabled’) appears to be of insufficient legal substance to merit hearing.
It is happening mainly because in Germany, as in some other nations, the history of 'the Holocaust' has been perverted into a dogma that no-one may publicly question without punishment. This is a massive affront to freedom of speech and ought to be being much more discussed in Australia in connection with the debate over section 18C than is currently the case..
NJ, Belgrave, Vic