Nazi War Criminals
There were thousands of people who were convicted of war crimes as a result of the Holocaust and World War II. Being a Nazi war criminal was not a good thing at all because the Allied powers were out to capture, try, and punish as many of them as possible. For the Nazis, it was also against their ideology of death before surrender to be captured and tried for the events that had transpired in the Holocaust and World War II. Once the Allied forces invaded Germany, thousands of Nazi party members killed themselves and their families in vain.
Of those who didn't commit suicide or flee into hiding, the war criminals were rounded up. The first were tried at the Nuremburg Trials, which is where some of the most prominent Nazi leaders were put to justice. Many were sentenced to life in prison while others were punished to death by hanging, which was the common means of execution at the time. Many of those that went into hiding were discovered eventually, or turned themselves in to avoid being found by the less forgiving of the forces that were looking for them.
Being a Nazi war criminal meant facing a trial by fire, of sorts. People were furious about the events of the Holocaust and bound to hold someone accountable. Since Hitler and the most prominent leaders of the SS had all committed suicide, the people wanted someone to be punished for these heinous events. As such, in the various trials that took place after World War II, thousands of Nazis and their accomplices were tried and convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other crimes. Their sentences were either life in prison or death, except for the rare few that were only forced to serve a few years in prison or who had their sentences commuted.
Today, there is still an ongoing search for war criminals that are missing from World War II. Some people have actually been able to go into hiding and evade capture for the entirety of their lives. There are some criminals that are only discovered upon death, and some that are never found at all. The majority of the people responsible for the Holocaust and its events have been served justice. However, some never stuck around to see their fate because the Nazis believed that surrender was cowardly and suicide was the better option. This cost the lives of countless men and their families at the end of World War II.