Mr Wear continues with his “Nuremberg was victim’s justice” theme. Today he quotes Joseph Halow, a young court reporter at the Dachau trials.
For a thorough analysis of the man that is Joseph Halow, see here:
Here is the conclusion to the piece:
In his Innocent at Dachau, Joseph Halow expresses his usually subtle, sometimes blatant, anti-Semitism through his experiences as a court reporter at the Dachau war crimes trials. His strong affection for convicted Nazi war criminals is at first confusing, but then understandable, when Halow’s age and experience while in Dachau are considered. When he was in Dachau, Halow was but a boy of nineteen, who had spent an isolated childhood without any friends. The Germans welcomed him; he desired their approval. From what has written, it would seem that young Joseph Halow actually looked-up to the Nazi war criminals in the dock. Basically, it would seem that Halow was a little worm excited by the once powerful Nazis who paid attention to him; asked him for cigarettes; sent him letters.
Halow desires, it seems, just a simple apology from the American people to the Nazi war criminals. His sentiments are best summed up at the conclusion of his book, in which he states: “[The example of the defense attorneys in the Dachau trials] even if not enough to erase the national shame incurred in the Dachau trials, may yet help light the way to genuine reconciliation with the men and women we wronged there, a reconciliation that can only be based on understanding and truth.”
Halow’s eventual acceptance of basic denier doctrine, which it seems has anti-Semitism at its very core, is not surprising given his numerous remarks which reflect such a dark, hidden hatred. Thinking of his now released convicted Nazi war criminal friend, Heinz Detmers, Halow remembers a German proverb: “‘Wo man singt, da lass Dich ruhig nieder: boese Menschen haben keine Lieder.’ (Where there’s singing, you may safely settle down: bad men have no songs.” We can only presume that the singing he refers to is the singing of Nazi marching songs.