Conclusion: Justice for Some, the Truth for All of Us
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The conclusion of the study underscores the thesis that the most lasting and salutary legacy of the investigations and trials undertaken against the killers of the Latvian Auxiliary Security Police lies in the knowledge they uncovered—their service to truth. The exception that proves the rule, the Israeli government-sanctioned extra-judicial killing of a notorious and high-ranking Kommando member in the 1960s, Herberts Cukurs, represents at once an act of perhaps understandable revenge but also an irrevocable denial of knowledge to posterity. The crimes at issue are beyond punishment, the perpetrators beyond rehabilitation, and the victims beyond any fitting compensation. In the long term, then, the best that could realistically be hoped for was the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of accurate knowledge about what happened.