Waffen-SS

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  • Uwe Timm In My Brother's Shadow Chapter Summary

    involvement in the Third Reich is “increasingly whitewashed” in successive generations retellings, ultimately leading to a “cumulative heroization” which not only exculpates first generation perpetrators but also reconstructs them as heroes in opposition to the Nazi regime. Second, successive generations distinguish between Nazi (others) and Germans (victims of Nazism), purporting the belief that the consequences of Germans resisting totalitarianism were highly risky, even deadly, and, therefore, that behavior under totalitarianism cannot be judged. In one instance, even the interviewer refuses to accept the possibility that the father of interviewee Johanna Kurz was involved in Kristallnacht, despite the explicit mention of his SA and SS membership, and a story in which Kurz’s mother states she “knew” of his involvement in the burning of synagogues and left him as a result. Such illogical deductions and narrative inconsistencies are characteristic of discussions on familial participation in the Third Reich and of negative actions perpetrated by family members more generally. Narratively, this can be likened to a game of historical telephone, with children and grandchildren failing to “hear” admittances of coercion or perpetration, reinterpreting stories within a context rationalizing the behavior of relatives (as under threat by, and even in opposition to, totalitarianism), and engaging in “empty talk” which utilizes vague collective terms (they, them) and imprecise…

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  • Rise And Fall Of The SS Men

    The SS men were some of the most ruthless people of Hitler’s army. They were highly trained and swore loyalty to Hitler above all. They started as something small but rose to destructive terror with the help of some key individuals. In this paper I will describe to you the rise, duties, and fall of the SS men. I will also tell you of some of the people that were linked to the involvement of the SS. The SS were not always known as the SS. Before they were known for their terror and brutality…

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  • Filbert's Contributions

    The mind of a perpetrator is a subject that has fascinated historians, resulting in the study to try and understand these killers. While books on top Nazis such as Himmler and Heydrich are more prevalent when trying to explain the mind behind the Holocaust, Alex Kay 's book, The Making of an SS Killer: The Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990, looks to shed light on the mindset and conduct behind a mid/ lower level perpetrator. Basing the primary research of his book on archival records,…

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  • The Trial Of Helena Grese

    and more immune to the plight of her victims. Staub also states, “they come to see their victims as less than human and to exclude them from the moral realm.” Irma Grese called prisoners the names of animals disassociating them with human beings. This is interesting because as she disassociates the prisoners with humans, she is the one who actually becomes more inhumane. Many of the perpetrators on trail for crimes against humanity after the Holocaust claimed they were simply following…

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  • Our Father Character Analysis

    freed and secured. This man left 3 trains full of imprisoned Jews on route to Auschwitz in the cart declaring them useless. The Russians are never shown speaking and are like the Germans of Saving Private Ryan. There’s not much to say about all the supporting characters even if they are involved in a romantic relationship with the main characters. The doctor that Charly sleeps with after she learns that Wilhelm is dead is just a doctor sleeping with her. The German SS major that Wilhelm and…

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  • How Does Elie Wiesel's Love To Stay With His Father

    Love Through Hatred “Of course. But one condition: I want to stay with my father.” (48), says Elie Wiesel as he talks to an SS officer, in his book titled Night. The book describes Wiesel’s experience in the Holocaust with his father. The two spend a little over a year in three different concentration camps together. In this book, Elie tells the readers about his physical and emotional struggles. Wiesel goes into detail about the number one thing that kept him going through this…

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  • David Olère: Holocaust Artist

    A survivor named David Olère made Holocaust related drawings until his death in 1985. According to usf.edu, Olère was born in Poland on January 19th, 1902 and as a young adult studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He then moved to Berlin at a young age. Sadly, On March 2, 1943, he was one of approximately 1,000 Jews deported to Auschwitz. Olère began to draw at Auschwitz during the last days of the camp, when the SS became less attentive. The importance of Olère’s work lies in it’s…

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  • The Achievement Of Desire By Susan Rodriguez

    For every effect, there is one distinct cause. What happened today happened because of yesterday. Nonetheless, these statements do not always hold true. Sometimes there is not one single cause for an event but rather multiple hard to decipher causes. Such thought is no exception to Susan Griffin. In “Our Secret”, Susan converses about the connection between the past and the present as well as the connection between a variety of different causes for one effect. She uses a variety of…

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  • Ship Of Gold In The Deep Blue Sea Essay

    “Ship of Gold In the Deep Blue Sea” by Gary Kinder is a book about the search for the SS Central America; a steamship that carried hundreds of passengers and an estimated $2,000,000 in gold (which is $292,000,000 in modern day value) in 1857 that was trying to reach New York from Panama which later went down in a hurricane. Tommy Thompson later sets out to discover the riches of the lost vessel on a quest that people had thought was near impossible to plan. While Thompson had found the ship and…

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  • Essay On Saving Private Ryan

    In the ending battle at Ramelle, Miller’s rangers and the paratroopers including Ryan are tasked with holding a bridge until reinforcements arrive. The Germans move onto the town with two tiger tanks, two panzers, and over 50 infantry. [The reality of this is that there is no way the American force around 20 with only one bazooka could hold off the Germans.] The Americans are outgunned and outnumbered making their chance of survival slim. Although most of the Americans do die, the Germans…

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