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Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Hitler was there on his soapbox telling the people what they wanted to hear. He spun words like nobody else could. Sound familiar?
Everybody has the potential to do anything if enough emphasis is placed, or importance. They were being told day in and day our the the Jews were the reason for their misfortunes and the only way forward was to remove them.
So the people removed them. It was like a counter revolution. A false flag attack if you will. Instead of rebelling against the government, the government convinced the people to turn on themselves.
I believe as well that mutany and dis-loyalty were something that was punishable by death in most cases. The Nazi's didnt' really screw around and weren't afraid to kill at the drop of a dime.
A class of children was split into two groups, each with it's own features. Brown eyes, with brown hair and blue eyes, blonde hair on the other end.
They have them each a bracelet, once side blue, the other brown. The kids with the blue bracelets were told they were better and were treated better than the others. They were able to pick on them without getting in trouble and commit all kinds of atrocious things.
The other kids were subject to such behaviour and could not say a word, they were chastised heavily and received lower marks for the same answers.
After 2 weeks they reversed the bracelets. The same thing took place all over again.
Originally posted by Ben Niceknowinya
Is it (infact) mostly because they didn't want to look/act cowardly?
I'm curious as to the percentage that were exectued, and the percentage that willingly participating in the atrocities.
Also, what exactly was rewarded, gained (except freedom of execution) for the participants of the mass murdering (of their own people)?
How would I handle the situation? Wow. Tough question. If it meant the survival of my whole family, maybe yes. Maybe kill myself in the end from the shame. Atleast "I" gained the survival of my whole family, in the end.
But that's about it.
I couldn't live with myself knowing I commited and conspired to mass murder.
But I don't have kids, (big family) and I'm a good natured person.
I guess I would do my best to join a resistance and take my chances fighting.
Originally posted by Choronzon
Racial hatred allows people to separate themselves from feelings of guilt. At that time, jews, blacks, etc were considered sub-human by pro-aryan propogandists. Believing that groups or individuals are sub-human effectively dehumanizes them from the entire experience. Its sad.
Originally posted by sixtysix
Think about how much outside factors matter more than what mommy and daddy hammered into you your whole childhood.
Because we ourselves are not so far from the killers and mass murderers.
There is no line in the sand between us and them
In their state of intoxicated excitement the Trawniki-SS initially began shooting the Jews at the entry to the grave. As a result, the Jews killed first blocked the slope. Thus some Jews went into the grave and pulled the corpses away from the entry.
The Trawniki-SS often with bottle in hand, as well as Gnade and the SS officer became increasingly drunk, the Trawniki- SS climbed into the grave to shoot the Jewish victims.
Originally posted by Ace High
After the unit had completed several of the ghetto clearings the commanders had a good idea which police officers were comfortable with the killings and called on them to be the executioners repeatedly.