The German soldiers had a very tough time killing people like this, many had nervous break downs or committed suicide. That's why the Nazis started using Zyklon-B to gas Jews, gypsies, gays, people with birth defects and the elderly, because it didn't require face to face killing one at a time. The average German Army soldier was not much different than the average American soldier, unfortunately they were subject to the will of a crazed lunatic. The Nazi High Command, Waffen SS and Gestapo were a whole different kind of asshole altogether.
The massacre in the photo resulted in over 33,000 Jews and other locals being executed during a 3 day period by German and Ukrainian forces.
Yes I think most of Germany was just going with the flow/popular culture. Something we should all be mindful of, today and always
I have several German friends and none of them have any real pride of their nationality. They might like or love things about Germany, but they're not proud of it. I've asked them about this and it stems from regret over the Holocast/ww2. Things that happened when their grandparents were young.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in “The Gulag Archipelago” states that the battline between good and evil cuts through the heart of every man.
i just finish a series of podcast on the massacres at My lia and sand creek. Both absolute atrocities. Hard to listen to. Oridinary men were exceptionally violent when put under the wrong circumstances.
I firmly believe that nearly every single person is cable of truly terrible things.
They are probably part of the Einsatzgruppen... (sp)... someone else brought up that normal army in the Reich had an issue with these things. As such, they had special units that would go in to recently occupied lands and murder the unwanted populations (jews, gypsies, etc.).
The bizzare part is when the finished, they’d just go back to their normal jobs. They we basically in the reserves...
The Nazis were very concerned with burning people out, least the become ineffective. WTF
Very few people know about this. Custer's Last Stand is much more prominent in US History. We learned about it in Colorado History in 7th grade. Then when I was a freshman at CU I was in a dorm named Nichols after a man who was instrumental in the massacre. Every Friday morning, Native Americans would come out and protest in front of our dorm. Most students who lived there, didn't have a clue as to why. The name was eventually changed to Cheyenne Arapaho Hall.
A new men's dormitory was built on the University of Colorado campus in 1954. Named Fleming Hall, the building honored a popular early dean of the law school, John Donaldson Fleming. When the new law school opened a few years later in 1958, it was also named for Fleming. Confusion resulted, so a new name was sought for the dormitory.
In 1961, Fleming Hall dormitory became Nichols Hall, after Boulder pioneer David Nichols.
David Nichols was a Boulder County sheriff and later speaker of the House in the Colorado Territorial Legislature at the time the location of the future state university was being determined. It was his legendary "midnight ride" from Denver to Boulder and back in 1874, to secure matching funds to establish the university here, that made him worthy of recognition, the CU regents decided.
It wasn't long before students discovered that David Nichols was also involved in a most shameful piece of our state's history. Nichols was the captain of a group of volunteer soldiers known as Company D of the Third Colorado Cavalry from Boulder, Colorado Territory. According to a document donated to the Carnegie Branch Library compiled from Army records, the group mustered into service in August of 1864 at Fort Chambers. The adobe-style fort, built on the farm of George W. Chambers, was located off of North 63rd St., which at the time was outside the city limits at the town of Valmont. A stone marker commemorates the site today.
The volunteer cavalry rode out of Boulder toward eastern Colorado and served under the command of Colonel John Chivington at the Sand Creek Massacre on Nov.
29, 1864. Nichols and his subordinates were participants in the slaughter of more than 200 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho people.
The Student Crusade for Indian Rights initiated protests against the name of Nichols Hall in the late 1960s. Demonstrations were held intermittently over the next two decades. In the1980s protests became frequent and demanding. More student groups and government officials became involved. In the fall of 1987 students protested every Friday in front of the Nichols Hall building, according to William E. Davis' book "Glory Colorado! Volume II."
Lt. Governor Mike Callihan spoke at a rally in favor of removing the Nichols name. "Whatever he did for Colorado is overshadowed by his crimes against his fellow man," Callihan said.
Nichols' descendents were adamantly against removing the name.
CU's favorite historian Patricia Limerick got involved by examining the facts of David Nichols' life. In 1987, Limerick and two assistants produced, "What's in a Name? Nichols Hall: A Report." The detailed document, over 100 pages in length, cited research that placed considerable doubt on the story of Nichols' midnight ride.
The Nichols sign was removed from the dorm in 1987. The building went nameless for over a year while the regents debated over an appropriate substitute. Suggestions included Chief Niwot Hall, Black Kettle Hall, Rainbow Hall, Morning Star Hall, Quigg Newton Hall and others. Finally, in 1989, the name Cheyenne Arapaho Hall was approved for the building.
Yes sir, Daniele Bolelli collaborated with a few others and had a podcast on this as well as My Lia. Well worth checking out. Not something you listen to for a positive vibe, but definitely a piece of history worth knowing.
Black Kettle and the Cheyenne caught hell, after Sand Creek they were finally pretty well wiped out by Custer three yrs later on the Washita river. Somewhere I've read that there is a lot to indicate that the attack he carried out in '68 was what Custer was trying to repeat when he rolled on the Sioux on the Little Big Horn, he just found something a little bigger than he could handle.