any but the most senior


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" The idea that the Third Reich might collapse so spectacularly was unimaginable for those who were part of the establishment. By the time the truth dawned on them, it was too late to think of anything esle except immediate personal survival. And it soon became clear that there were far too many guilty men and women for any but the most senior to face retribution." (Val McDermid) I don't understand the meaning of the last sentence. Thanks in advance for the usual help
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    It is almost impossible to send 100,000 people to trial, so only the few at the top (the most senior people) would face trial or retribution.
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