Religion: Justice over Mercy

In the House of Lords, five days before Palm Sunday, up rose the Church of England's foremost humanitarian, the Archbishop of York. Said the gentle, 70-year-old Most Reverend and Right Honorable Cyril Forster Garbett: there should be no sensational public trials of "the master war criminals Hitler and Himmler and their gang who have corrupted Germany and ordered these hideous crimes"; as soon as their identity is established "those who catch them should at once put them to death."

The Allies, he said, could then concentrate on trying and punishing "the subordinates, who could have refused to give orders for these...

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