Today I started reading “The Nuremberg Interviews,” by Leon Goldensohn; Robert Gellately, editor. Who isn’t curious about what drove the Nazi “monsters” to do what they did. It is chilling.
…And as I write this, I am thinking about a client of mine, for whom I have worked for nearly ten years – and who is starting to get old… I begin to be concerned about the current state of his mind.
This man, an attorney, has not always been very easy to work with and I know that he has not been the easiest man to deal with, nor has he likely made many friends. (He is, after all, a lawyer.) But lately he has had more than his share of troubles. And it seems to me that he is getting rather paranoid. I realize though, that I feel nothing but compassion for him. And, after all, I truly believe that everyone deserves compassion – at least at some point in their life.
And then I stopped – and thought about these Nazis about whom I’ve been reading so much these last few weeks. Do/did the Nazis deserve compassion in any way whatsoever? I do not think so. I think that because they chose to abandon their HUMANITY and any sense of mercy – I do not think they deserve/d one bit of compassion for what they did.
In any event, this book looks fascinating. I am looking forward to reading it.