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What about Richard von Weizsäcker?

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 11:33:51 AM EST
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Weizsäcker is a typical representative of his generation that never knew anything, for instance what his regiment did in Russia. He didn't know. Later he didn't know that the US made Agent Orange from the chemicals he sold them.  
by Katrin on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 12:21:13 PM EST
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Like his father, Nazi, Reich Foreign Secretary before becoming ambassador to the Vatican, who said at his trial he didn't know Jews were being killed at Auschwitz. Richard von W, then a law student, was assistant counsel to his father at that trial.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 01:00:49 PM EST
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Well, I don't blame anyone for what their parents did, and I don't blame defence counsels for doing their job.
by Katrin on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 01:24:14 PM EST
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Except that Richard von W was defending his own father and associating with him in the supposed ignorance of what happened to Jews deported to the East.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 01:29:38 PM EST
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He was a law student and defending his own father. Nothing wrong with that. He associated with his father in regard to the father's guilt. Well, it was his father. This did not make the son guilty (though probably naïve). I blame Richard v.W. for his intentional amnesia concerning his own role in the holocaust and the cruelties against Russians.
by Katrin on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 01:54:16 PM EST
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Well, I see it as also associated with his father's amnesia. Not that it changes the case.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 01:57:25 PM EST
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Don't you see a difference between not wishing to believe in the guilt of a loved one and shirking responsibility for own deeds?
by Katrin on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:39:37 PM EST
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I can understand the difference, but in this case I suggest there might be a link.

On the other hand, I have no idea if the amnesia of both father and son was a deliberate ploy, or a shared state of denial.

When I say it makes no difference to the case, I meant the case whether Richard von W should be president again. He shouldn't (quite apart from his advanced age).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:49:51 PM EST
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