So now Mr Wear puts his mind to the IG Farben Trials. What is it he claims?
“The 23 defendants at the I.G. Farben Trial were among the industrial elite of Germany. They had no resemblance to Hitler’s SA and SS troops. Instead, they represented a combination of scientific genius and commercial acumen that made I.G. Farben preeminent in the world of technology and commerce. Like their counterparts in other countries, they were among the leading supporters of culture, charity and religion. They accepted official posts in the spirit of public service when their government called them.”
How noble. Except that the giant industrial concern entered into a “Faustian pact with the Third Reich” according to the back cover of Diarmuid Jeffrey’s book Hell’s Cartel, IG Farben and the Making of Hitler’s War Machine.
That the 23 defendants actually got away relatively Scott free with their crimes does put a massive dent in Mr Wear’s notion that the Nuremberg trials were a travesty of justice. The men were found guilty of most of their crimes but served extremely short sentences.
Mr Wear relies heavily on Diamuird Jeffrey’s book on IG Farben. Perhaps he might take a look at the final paragraph in the book:
“But as the candles burned lower and the men lit up their cigars and poured out the brandy, what did they find to talk about? Did they congratulate each other for having survived the Nazi regime and the ordeal of Nuremberg or exchange anecdotes about their time at Landsberg? Did they look back fondly to the days when the business they once ran was a mighty corporate colossus that crushed all commercial opposition, or did they wax optimistic about the great times ahead? Or, now that they were among friends and sage from prying eyes, did they raise a glass to the memory of thousands of starving, beaten, half dead wretches who had once dragged iron girders across an ice bound Polish construction site on their behalf?
We shall never know, of course. But somehow it seems unlikely.”