WAR CRIMES: Forgive Us Our Sins . . .

For years the world would remember—perhaps with honor, perhaps with shame —the final scene. The empty dock with its bare wooden benches had looked vast and strange. An almost intimate solemnity, unbroken even by the mundane presence of photographers, had pervaded the packed courtroom. The brittle silence had given way to the firm, clear voice of Lord Justice Sir Geoffrey Lawrence (pronouncing eleven times: ". . . death by hanging") and to the noise of a paneled door, eleven times closing behind a condemned man. The occasion had lifted the eleven...

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