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Executioner, The

By Lionel Goldstein. Polish army officer Paul Rogers kills a Nazi in WWII, then finds himself on trail in present-day West Germany, in an attempt by prosecutor Robert Stephens to get the statute of limitations on Nazi war crimes trials lifted, by demonstrating the impartiality of the trial system. In the process it is revealed that the Nazi was a senior SS officer and Rogers is a Jew, thus severely crippling Stephens’ case. Rogers, meanwhile, has sussed what’s going on and refuses to walk away quietly from the courtroom, seeking to blow the whistle on the Nazi-like ends-justifying-means modus operandi of the whole affair. An intelligent examination of the moral complexities of what was then a hotly debated issue.

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