I am going to be hanged tomorrow. For having been a patriot.
I was tried by the war crimes tribunal, and I was found guilty of killing unarmed civilians.
But I was ordered to kill them by my superiors. By my Government.
Being in the army and not obeying orders is equivalent to treason. We were trained not to listen to reason.
Is obeying orders, a crime?
There are soldiers who loot and rape. Did I do that? Did I kill people for my pleasure?
I just did what I was told. I did my job.
There is no one to testify for me. All my superiors are dead. There is no Government either.
I am not afraid of death. I just . . . I just don’t want to die as a criminal.
You tell me – Am I a criminal?
Last page from the dairy of a Nazi Soldier. (A work of fiction.)
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