Alfrons Heck puzzled that “a civilized, humane people had allowed ourselves to become indifferent to brutality committed by our own government.” Yet in the end his analysis verged on self-pity: “I developed a harsh resentment toward our elders, especially our educators. Not only had they allowed themselves to be deceived, they had delivered us, their children, into the cruel power of a new God.” Heck concluded that despite their enthusiastic support for Hitler, his generation filled the role of victim surely as those cruelly murdered by Nazi aggression: “Tragically, now, we are the other part of the Holocaust, the generation burdened with the enormity of Auschwitz. That is our life sentence, for we became the enthusiastic victims of our Führer.” Similarly, though confessing that, “I and with me millions of Germans turned to Hitler as the Führer, willingly fought and died honorably for him.”
Friedrich Grupe still professed shock at the remark of German President Richard von Weizsäcker - himself the son of a diplomat who had served the Nazis - in October 1988 that “the German people were led by criminals and let themselves be led by criminals.” “Without a reconciliatory and clarifying word to onetime soldiers,” Grupe complained, “this is a bitter obituary for the millions of German war dead whose death under the swastika was pronounced: ‘fallen for Volk and Führer.’” Even Claus Hansmann, certainly no apologist for Hitler or the Nazis, at the end of the war fell victim to the “victim” claim: “We are no heroes… Heroes? What are we? Poor, mistreated, mutilated victims of a nightmare.
The map of the Third Reich is being dramatically redrawn.
Thirteen years ago, when he started digging into the past to document the number and nature of Nazi-era ghettos and camps, scholar Geoffrey Megargee expected to identify perhaps 7,000 sites. He vastly underestimated his task. More than 42,200 sites will be named in the planned seven-volume encyclopedia that he is editing: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945.
Today in WWII: “Anschluss” Austria in 1938
Today in WWII, on 12 March 1938. The “Anschluss”- the union between Nazi Germany and Austria took place- as German troops marched in to Austria.
I watched Jon Stewart’s bit on gun violence solutions today and something struck me as funny. There were a number of jerks parading across the screen claiming that Hitler banned guns during his run as der Fuhrer.
Now that I’ve studied Germany somewhat extensively from its unification in 1871 to present (most research I’ve done is WWII and GDR) I just couldn’t remember anything about a seizure of guns.
Well there wasn’t one. This is a good article about the fraudulent claim.
I wish more people were smart enough to at least find out for themselves.
Read on, and you will discover why. This time of year, I always focus on members of the Greatest Generation. I think that is because of the observance of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and thoughts of the generation of men and women who lived through the greatest depression in our country’s history and the following events of World War II, which took so many lives and separated so many families for years at a time. I am a child of parents who lived those experiences, and I know that there is so much to learn from them. All you have to do is ask. History repeats itself, so why not prepare yourself for the future.
It was part of a very special air service crucial to the D-Day landings, but a carrier pigeon dispatched by the invasion force to relay secret messages back across the Channel never made it home to its base.
Instead the bird got stuck in a chimney only to be discovered 70 years later, it’s…
For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.
Today in WWII: 10 Oct 1941: Nazi policy
Today in WWII on 10 Oct 1941: German Field Marshal Walther von Reichenau issued the “Severity Order” in which he ordered the annihilation Bolshevism and the extermination of Jews.