It is often said that the German people were victims of the Nazi regime too, and to a large extend that is true. However the German people have to look at who to blame for that, and if they are honest they will come to the conclusion that the inescapable fact is the blame lies with themselves.
So many reasons are named for the start of WWII,mostly because of the mistreatment of Germany by the world after WWI, and to an extend this is also true, but it was also the Germans who in conjunction with other smaller nations started that war too.
The real reason why they should put the blame on themselves is that they elected the man and the party who put them close to the abyss. Not only did they elect him, on -August 19 1934 they gave him a Carte-blanche to basically do whatever he wanted to, in a referendum. This was the question put to the German nation.
“The office of the President of the Reich is unified with the office of the Chancellor. Consequently all former powers of the President of the Reich are demised to the Führer and Chancellor of the Reich Adolf Hitler. He himself nominates his substitute.Do you, German man and German woman, approve of this regulation provided by this Law?”
The government did use intimidation and electoral fraud to secure a yes vote but that doesn’t take away the fact that many still voted ‘Yes’ anyway.
There were so many signs before the 1933 elections and the 1934 referendum that Hitler and his cronies were nothing more then thugs fueled by hatred. The irony that is often missed that Hitler wasn’t even a German.
Germany did pay a high price for following a mad man but not quite as high as those who were butchered by the Nazi regime.
Below are some examples of the consequences of following a mad man.
A German prisoner of war returning to his home town of Frankfurt to discover his house bombed and his family no longer there.
A pile of bodies awaits cremation after the firebombing of Dresden, February 1945.
War-torn Cologne Cathedral stands out of the devastated area on the west bank of the Rhine, in Cologne, Germany, April 24, 1945.
A mother and her children killed in the bombing of Dresden
A dead Wehrmacht soldier in the ruins of Berlin 1945
Don’t get me wrong I have a lot of German friends and there is a realization in the German generations born after the war of the consequences caused by the previous generations, but I do see a shift of attitude towards the war in the some of the younger generations which does give me a cause of concern.
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