Saturday 3 December 2016

We are past masters at Nazi denial

Published 21/01/2007 | 00:11

IN ANY other country, Cathal O'Shannon's two programmes, showing how we made Ireland a safe house for Breton, Flemish, Croatian and German Nazis (many of them wanted for war crimes against citizens of their own countries) would have prompted a national soul-searching, political debate and public regret. Not here. Why?

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Before I attempt to answer that, let me remind my readers that not all of the Nazis were remote from the life of the Republic.

Charles Haughey was a guest of Otto Skorzeny. But there were many more who remained below O'Shannon's radar - presumably for want of time - but who played a prominent part in the cultural life of the Irish Republic and who remained persona grata until their recent deaths.

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