posted on Jul, 20 2004 @ 04:35 PM
No, he was not the only one responsible. The people who followed his directives; from Himmler and Hess, all the way down to the SS leaders and common
officers, performed their duties without question. That is just the nature of the German. What the Germans do, they do thoroughly and precise, even if
it consists of trying to obliterate a people from the face of the earth. The are notorious record keepers; which served as a double edged sword, as it
helped to convict many Nazi officers.
But, during that time, you also followed orders, or else. It wasn't just your well-being you were concerned for, it was also that of your families.
Back to the Concentration Camps. The head officers of the camps, were generally picked either because of a). they were weak, as in mentally and
physically, or b.) they were just plain wacko.
Example( and I heard this from an ex-SS officer, who was at the Russian Front, and captured by the Russians in 1944, he was 16 at the time).
Take the weakest person you know. The one who was picked on in school, or rejected by the ladies. Tell him he is in charge of a labor camp. Give him
God-Like powers. He is answerable to no-one, except those he needs to report to. He has a sharp-looking uniform now. He is an officer in the most
advanced and disciplined army in the world. He has power over life and death. How do you think this man will act??
Better Yet: Tell him he can do whatever he likes at the camp, as long as he produces so many shell casings a week. If he doesn't do what was
required of him, he, and his whole family, will pay the ultimate price.
Hitler may or may not have known exactly what was going on at the camps. Chances are, he did. Nothing of that scale could have happened without his
knowledge. He may have authorized liquidations of a percentage of the prison camp population. Who else would have decided such things?