As the US authorities continue the long legal battle in an effort to deport an 88 year old former Nazi concentration guard, there are those who will wonder that at his age and the fact that he apparently was forced to join the SS in 1942 at the age of 17, and further state that he never killed anyone, should he be deported.

For many of us that were not even born during the second World War, we rely on historical data to understand what the Nazi death camps were really about and the level of depravity that took place in these camps.

It is hard to understand how human beings could inflict such inhuman act on another and even seventy-three years on, for some the scar must remain as fresh as if it happen yesterday.

There is however, another school of thought that says irrespective of what part an individual play in participating, the screams of Nazi death camp victims still echo in the universe and anyone who is still alive that was part of the regime that massacre so many men women and children must be held accountable for their action, irrespective of their age.

In another case against a former Nazi death camp guard the judge was more forgiving, ruling that the individual should not be deported and allowing him to stay in the US citing that he believe that at age 17 the individual was a minor and therefore could not be held responsible for his actions.

Each time one of these individual is identified as living among or in our community, it must bring back the horror of the nightmare for those who manage to live through that catastrophic event, losing sometimes entire family member.

There is no doubt that the events of places such as Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau must have been unimaginable to those that have suffered so terribly, but as human beings should we not have the capacity to forgive.  We can never condone the actions of those that took part in the worst atrocity that have been perpetrated on others, but the age of this individual and given that he was only 17 and as since live a productive life can we punish an 88 year old for a situation that he possibly was forced into.

By Sandrea: My Opinion