Originally Posted by Lamb
Pack mentality was just a play on words, you're right they were more like sheep. But for the masses of German Soldiers, Nazis, they shared one immoral vision for the world. I wasn't including every German citizen in that assumption. Only the blatantly Nazi/Arian individuals that seemed to revel in the mass murder/experimentation of what they believed was a "lesser" race. I'm aware that probably not all of the soldiers were pro death, but there were enough to kill millions of living human beings. And watched as these live humans slowly deteriorated from the neglect and hate. To me it seems like it was so long ago, but knowing the WWII vets that I did, it seems surreal but not all at the same time.
I don't believe the masses of German soldiers shared one immoral vision of the world, nor do I believe that the citizens did. Most of them just went along with it because there wasn't much of a choice. To understand why people would "follow" a leader like hitler, you must look at the time between WWI and WWII. The Germans were utterly humiliated and forced to endure ridiculous sanctions, including paying enormous war reparations. Life was AWFUL for them, and out of such terrible circumstances a leader arose that promised to give the people back their pride. Hitler did not get elected on a "kill the Jews" platform. The people were desperate for a strong leader to deliver them from their misery. Things snowballed from there, and the average German found themselves in a place they didn't want to be....but it was too late to do anything about it. Opposition was not well received, to say the least...
more Russians died during WWII than everyone else combined. Stalin killed WAY more people than hitler did.
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