The NY Supreme court building is a confection in white marble, built back in the days when the city was run by “corrupt” Tammany-Hall politicians (who somehow managed nevertheless to build water tunnels, subways, and transport infrastructure that made the modern metropolis at a cost FAR LOWER than the modern day) who were desirous of leaving behind a visually stunning city. On the northwest corner is a recent, rather tasteful addition. It appears at first to be a pilaster,
but in fact is anything but.
This addition to the visual delight to the building is a bas relief of the Nazi Camp at Auschwitz. It is put there as a specific reminder to the lawyers in the building (perhaps a few Wilhelm Stuckarts among them) that unjust law is no law, and a reminder to the architects that some architect designed the camp buildings and crematoria. The inscription reads: Indifference to injustice is the gate to hell.
In Germany, they are running out of people to try for Nazi War crimes. Anyone practically old enough to have done anything in the regime is dead by this time. There are a few still around. This spring, Germany saw the trial of Oskar Gröning, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz.” As the Daily Mail notes:
Groening was responsible for sorting the pathetic possessions of the doomed – their clothes, shoes, money, valuables and other very personal possessions.
His Second World War duties earned him a nickname: The Book-keeper of Auschwitz. …
Groening says: …
“I was an official in the prisoners’ possessions administration which basically involved removing the money, jewels and other valuables from the inmates, registering it and sending it back to Berlin.
“They had diamonds and gold worth millions and it was my duty to make sure all of it got to Berlin.”
The Nazis kept records of the amounts they took from each Jew. Ones who could work were kept alive; as the Daily Mail notes, ones who were not useable as slave labor were dispatched. It’s grim to read today, but this is what governments derived from the French Revolution wind up doing: valuing people on a raw-materials basis. Deny a man has any soul and all that is left is the economic value of him.
I mention this having read and watched a video that really captures the essence of the banality of evil. Take a visit over to this article to watch, if you can, the explanation of the baby parts business. Some choice excerpts:
Pausing only to swig more luxury libations from her jumbo wine glass, the loquacious death doc explained to investigators posing as fetal tissue company executives how her “providers” use “ultrasound guidance” to target the coveted body parts–“so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”
In a singsong recitation, this lettuce-chomping Mengele in a silk tank top detailed how the “providers” use ultrasound to become “cognizant of where you put your graspers.”
This method is not employed to reduce the pain and suffering of unborn baby and mother, mind you. It’s to get “good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that–so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”