A Man Without Empathy
Tido H. Holtcamp
Alan Rems’ discussion of Admiral Karl Dönitz at Nuremberg (December, “Götterdämmerung: German Admirals on Trial,” pp. 38–45) took me back to 1944, when I served on board the sail training ship Horst Wessel (today’s U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle) with about 200 other German cadets. That March we had to listen to an address given by Grand Admiral Dönitz to naval officer candidates at Germany’s naval academy. The next day each cadet had to copy the whole speech into his personal logbook, study it, and write down the lessons he had learned.