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Should all of the Nazi war criminals involved in the Holocaust have been executed?

Asked by: Diego_is_the_man
  • Yes, they should have

    It is foolish to say no one deserves an execution. The men behind the Holocaust should have been interrogated until useless, and then should have been killed off. A few lives taken in revenge for 6 million. These men were war criminals, and lost the war due to the weakness of their country and their leader. They were weak enough to fall into the hands of their enemies, and for this and for their atrocities, they should have all received execution in the name of justice.

  • No, execution serves no purpose

    In general, imprisoning someone for life is actually less expensive than executing them. So by executing them, someone's desire for revenge could be fulfilled but it hurts the state overall. Also, the title of "war criminal" is so vague that it seems very imprudent to cast a blanket sentence across all of them at once. They should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

    Just like with any trial, there's always the possibility that wrongful convictions may occur. Along the same lines, the justice system should be intended to reform criminals, not just lock them away. If you execute a prisoner, there's no going back. You can't release them if they're later determined to be innocent, and you can't offer any possibility of reform.

  • I do not support the death penalty, even for the worst criminals.

    It is clear that these people committed some of the most atrocious crimes ever committed by any human being. However, I do not support the death penalty under any circumstances whatsoever. I believe that it is wrong to take a life for punishment. They deserved life in prison, but nobody deserves to be executed.

  • No, they should have a chance to reform

    In general, imprisoning someone for life is actually less expensive than executing them. So by executing them, someone's desire for revenge could be fulfilled but it hurts the state overall. Also, the title of "war criminal" is so vague that it seems very imprudent to cast a blanket sentence across all of them at once. They should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

    Just like with any trial, there's always the possibility that wrongful convictions may occur. Along the same lines, the justice system should be intended to reform criminals, not just lock them away. If you execute a prisoner, there's no going back. You can't release them if they're later determined to be innocent, and you can't offer any possibility of reform.

  • I do not support the death penalty, even for the worst criminals.

    It is clear that these people committed some of the most atrocious crimes ever committed by any human being. However, I do not support the death penalty under any circumstances whatsoever. I believe that it is wrong to take a life for punishment. They deserved life in prison, but nobody deserves to be executed.


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