August 20, 2006 at 3:38 pm #299
I am wondering – we're now some 60+ years after the end of World War II. Many ex-Nazis would likely be in their 80s or 90s now. In fact, I read this article of a Nobel Prize author who admitted that he was part of the SS:
Only a few weeks before the publication of his autobiography, German author G?nter Grass has revealed something about himself that has long been a secret: He was a member of Hitler's Waffen SS in 1944 and 1945.
http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,431353,00.htmlI imagine that these people are a wealth of information - what was attractive about Nazism? Why did they join? What was it like when they finally had a "change of heart"? How do they come to grips with their past? These are questions that I would be interested in finding answers to.August 20, 2006 at 10:13 pm #6278StumpfootParticipant
I How do they come to grips with their past??
That would depend on what they were involved in. I cant see anyone who was involved in any way with the holocaust coming to grips with their past. I believe they would have the same kind of psyciopathic behaver as a serial killer, in other words, they dont feel bad about what they did.August 21, 2006 at 1:00 am #6279
The thing is that Germany has basically done a 180-degree turn from its past. I imagine that a collective feeling of despisement of the past has entered Germany's consciousness, except for pockets of neo-Nazism in the country that will appear throughout time.August 21, 2006 at 2:10 am #6280StumpfootParticipant
The thing is that Germany has basically done a 180-degree turn from its past.? I imagine that a collective feeling of despisement of the past has entered Germany's consciousness, except for pockets of neo-Nazism in the country that will appear throughout time.
True, I have a friend who's grandfather was a Nazi and his mother has tales of their house being raided for Nazi paraphernalia as it was illegal after the war to have such things in Germany. His grandparents until the day they died claimed the holocaust was a myth. He never met them and his mother came here back in the late fifties I think, but they despise that part of their family and have nothing to do with it.March 20, 2018 at 10:56 pm #58500
I heard that when the Soviets were closing in on Hilter’s bunker in Berlin in April 1945, the people left defending the city were generally people from the Hitler Youth, so 15-year-olds. I wonder if any of them survive today. If so, they would be approaching 90-years-old. I’m sure they would have some gripping stories to tell.
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