Farmers,professors,locksmiths and other ordinary men turned evil.

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I know it is easy to call people like Rudolf Höss and others who worked in Auschwitz monters, and to en extent I can understand that, I have done so in the past.

However when you call them monsters you take the risk of given them an excuse for their acts, because we only expect evil from monsters. These men were human beings, evil human beings but human beings nonetheless. That too me makes it even more shocking because all of these men did these evil crimes out of their own free will.

I know some will dispute this that some of the guards at Auschwitz and other camps were only following orders. But anyone knows killing innocent people has nothing to do with war but everything to do with annihilation. There are no records of any SS officers or others inthe German army being punished for not executing innocent people. So the notion hat they would be killed themselves if they didn’t kill is a myth.

Most of these men weren’t professional soldiers before the war, they had ordinary jobs. Rudolf Höss ,pictured above was an agricultural officer.

Below are some further examples.

Franz Hubert, a locksmith

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Fritz Radimersky, a German laborer.

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Fritz Taddiken, German painter.

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Johann Kremer, German university professor.

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Robert Gauger, German postal worker.

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Alois Balletshofer, farmer.

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Josef Kramer, German merchant.

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Each one of these men had a role to play in one way or another in the darkest era of mankind, the Holocaust.

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Just ‘ordinary’ evil men

Auschwitz

Most of the SS guards working in Auschwitz and indeed other camps had not been hardened soldiers before the war. They had been ‘ordinary’ people.

And that is still a mystery to me, how could these men become so involved in these unspeakable evil acts, Some were more willingly than others , but each one of them were involved in way or another. I know some people will argue that if they didn’t follow orders they would have been killed themselves, however no evidence was ever found that guards who did not partake in the killing, were ever punished.

They may have been brainwashed but eventually they were never forced.

Below are just some examples of Auschwitz guards and what they had done before the war.

Alois Balletshofer, farmer from Bavaria, Germany.

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Franz Hubert, a locksmith and citizen of Romania.

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Fritz Taddiken, German painter.

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Kolomann Bistritz, Hungarian citizen and farmer.

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These are just 4 men but there were thousands of ‘ordinary; evil men.Most of them lived banal lives after the war.

 

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Sources

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