Kurt Gerstein -Eye witness to the Holocaust

History of Sorts

I tend to judge harshly on those who joined the German armed forces during WWII and especially those who joined the despicable SS. Although I can understand those who joined the regular Wehrmacht,since often they didn’t have a choice(but then again you always have a choice). The SS enjoyed what they did.

Although I am not inclined the change my view on this I have to admit there were some in the SS who did display a human side, none less so then Kurt Gerstein.

Kurt Gerstein (11 August 1905 – 25 July 1945) was a German SS officer and member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS and Head of Technical Disinfection Services. He witnessed mass murders in the Nazi extermination camps Belzec and Treblinka.

He gave information to the Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter, as well as to members of the Roman Catholic Church with contacts to Pope Pius…

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