If we really saw war, what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war. This is why war is carefully sanitized. This is why we are given war’s perverse and dark thrill but are spared from seeing war’s consequences. The mythic visions of war keep it heroic and entertaining…
The wounded, the crippled, and the dead are, in this great charade, swiftly carted offstage. They are war’s refuse. We do not see them. We do not hear them. They are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of our consciousness, ignored, even reviled. The message they tell is too painful for us to hear. We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honor, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.
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The immediate reaction of German POWs upon watching uncensored footage of the concentration camps shot by the US Signal Corps.
People often forget that most of the German troops had no idea about what was going on, they weren’t all fanatic Nazis bent on genocide, they were just regular soldiers who answered the call when their country went to war.
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Just a reality check! I know most of you have moved past this idea that Germans must be Nazis and have no sympathy for what happened, etc., but I think this photo proves all that wrong.
I think what is really important is that you can’t paint these things black and white. To assume that all Germans at this time were passionate and cruel Nazis is certainly as wrong as to assume that all of them were completely clueless and innocent.
Sorry to burst the bubble of this thread, but am reading an amazing book right now entitled “The German Genius” by Peter Watson. It’s clearly put forth in the book that not only were most Germans aware of the concentration camps, so were most other European nations, who were complicit in the negative treatment of the Jews, either directly or indirectly. This stems from the fact that Christian churches in Europe for centuries had demonized the Jewish people. The French government, the Vatican….most major European powers played a greater role than we’re lead to believe almost 70 years later.
And please lets not forget, which happens quite often, that it wasn’t just “six million Jews.” It was “eleven million people.” For some odd reason, those other five million comprised of the mentally/physically handicapped, lgbt, Poles and anyone else the Nazi regime didn’t like, are quite often overlooked in discussions of the Holocaust.
There’s good and evil in the world. And neither is bounded by or limited to lines on a map. Check out “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” for another take on Germany during WWII.
And I can’t recommend “The German Genius” enough. If you live in a Western industrialized nation, chances are your thinking is more “German” than you’re aware. The contributions of German culture to Western society over the past 300 years are innumerable. To focus on just 1933 to 1945 is absurd.
I cannot comment on “The German Genius”, having never read it, but the articles and books i’ve read over the course of this past academic year for a module on the Third reich all corroborate this: the Germans knew about the camps. You can access any of these articles on JSTOR, or elsewhere. However, that does not mean they necessarily supported all the camps, and many were shocked, as the above photo shows, at the revelations of what went on in the camps - many saw them as “nevil” rather than being enthusiastic about their existence. I won’t claim to be an expert on Nazi Germany, but the evidence is there.
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since everyone’s submitting fine british adverts, surely it’s right to remember this gem?