Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Springtime for Hitler in Sugar Creek

A former member of the Waffen-SS, Ted Junker, is now a farmer in Walworth County and wants to open a shrine to the "misunderstood" Adolf Hitler. Jessica McBride wonders how he got into the country and so do I. The paper says he got in because he was not stationed at a concentration camp. But the Waffen-SS and all of its members except for conscripts (which our boy was not) were declared war criminals by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremburg.

The court said:

In dealing with the SS the Tribunal includes all persons who had been officially accepted as members of the SS including the members of the Allgemeine SS, members of the Waffen SS, members of the SS Totenkopf Verbaende, and the members of any of the different police forces who were members of the SS.

It held:

"The Tribunal declares to be criminal within the meaning of the Charter the group composed of those persons who had been officially accepted as members of the SS as enumerated in the preceding paragraph who became or remained members of the organization with knowledge that it was being used for the commission of acts declared criminal by Article 6 of the Charter, or who were personally implicated as members of the organization in the commission of such crimes, excluding, however, those who were drafted into membership by the State in such a way as to give them no choice in the matter, and who had committed no such crimes. The basis of this finding is the participation of the organization in War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity connected with the war; this group declared criminal cannot include, therefore, persons who had ceased to belong to the organizations enumerated in the proceeding paragraph prior to 1 September 1939."

Did Junker disclose his membership in the Waffen-SS on his naturalization application?

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