Stephan Pickering said, "My feelings toward von Huene -- despite the claim he made enormous contributions to early paleobiology (his 1900-1932 writings on dinosaurs are uneven, but, in places masterful) -- are coloured by one fact: like Janensch, he remained silent while the slaughter transpired 1933-1945. Even after the Holocaust, both remained silent, thereby rendering irrelevant their "authority" to speak for paleo(bio)ontology."
IMO, if we negate a scientist's authority to speak on matters of his science simply because of his politics, his perceived political negligence, his religion, or his lack of religion, we, ourselves, risk emulating a part of the debased 'spirit' of Adolph Hitler.
"You know my method. It is founded upon the observance of trifles." -- Sherlock Holmes in The Boscombe Valley Mystery