The immediate reaction of German POWs upon being forced by the US Army to watch to the uncensored footage of the concentration camps shot by the US Signal Corps.
People often forget that most of the German troops had no idea about what was going on, they weren’t all fanatic Nazis bent on genocide, they were just regular soldiers who answered the call when their country went to war.
The Nazi propaganda also featured footage of concentration camps with Jews looking happy, playing games and all that, when in reality they were being slaughtered. Normal, working-class Germans had no idea what was going in on the concentration camps. Also bearing in mind that there were severe penalties for not being a member of the Nazi party.
this is also why there were cartoons, made by Disney, about Hitler and joking about the whole ordeal. The true scope of death and destruction from WWII wasn’t clear until a while after it ended. 10 million people died in camps- jews, gay people, gypsies, people from select countries, and any dissenters. 20 million people died fighting or as a result of the fighting. WWII resulted in the death of 3% of the entire worldwide population of people at that time. 3% of ALL people on earth died in that war. This isn’t even counting the deaths in Russia around that time, between WWI and WWII and beyond due to the revolution and then Stalin. My own family managed to escape Russia after their livelihood, a wheat mill, was destroyed and fled to Germany. Then they had to leave Germany because, lol, they’d be killed too, so they wound up in Canada by mere luck when someone sponsored them. They almost got put into internment camps along with other European/Asian people, which then were planned to be deported back to their respective countries of origin. WWII fucked over people everywhere. I could go on about that, but the point is….
if you’re Canadian, wear a poppy for monday, or at least observe the moment of silence at 11am, all right :I
Probably 75%+ of Germans during WWII disliked the Nazis, but for fear of their own lives and even more importantly, the lives of their families, they were forced to become Nazis. Which as mentioned, just makes the majority of them soldiers who were just as likely to die in the fight as the Allied Forces. The true evil of the Nazis is among the very few-the concentration camp workers (of which there were nowhere near as many as regular soldiers) and higher up officers. My Grammy grew up in occupied France and she tells stories of how the only choice you had was to join the Hitler Youth or a Nazi sports team. She chose the latter, feeling it was the lesser of two evils and she rebelled in the only way she was able to, which was to be so bad at all sports that they put her on the gymnastics team and made her just sit on the sideline.