Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Oradour and Distomo

German troops in front of buildings set ablaze in Distomo, during the massacre

A double crime anniversary: 70 years from the June 10, 1944, massacres of Oradour-sur-Glane in France and Distomo in Greece, by German Waffen-SS units. 

German courts, citing the 1961 bilateral agreement concerning enforcement and recognition of judgments between Germany and Greece, and Section 328 of the German Code of Civil Procedure, rejected the decision of the Greek High Court in favor of reparation claims of Distomo victims' relatives, because "Greece does not have jurisdiction with regard to the actions in question, which were sovereign acts by a state (i.e. the German state)". Thus, for the sake of saving money, German courts transferred the massacre responsibility from the SS-units to the German state ...! Impressive ...

The church where the women and children of Oradour were burnt to death

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