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Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

Created: 01/19/13

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Posted Jan. 19, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?


Posted Jan. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
laurap

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RE: Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

Silly question! Where is life that simple? I would have been more surprised if they had all agreed. It does not surprise me, however, that many of those who were not Nazis were afraid to voice their disagreement with the forces in power,given that regime's cruel and overt use of its power to silence dissent.


Posted Jan. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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RE: Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

I am not surprised. Unfortunately those who disagreed with the party had no voice.


Posted Jan. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
bjm

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RE: Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

I was not surprised either, and believe that if they had used their voices and stood up against the Nazis...perhaps this would not have happened.


Posted Jan. 22, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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RE: Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

No, I am not surprised at all, but I think the Nazis had such firm control that no one dared to speak against them. If you did, you would just disappear.........or be killed! I have had several friends who were Germans in Germany during WW ll; they were too afraid for their families to speak out. One friend was forced to join the young boys group; he had no choice. He ended up running away and surviving in the forest for many months. In the other family, the father got out of Germany in the late 30's and could not get his wife and children out. The mother was very ill and hospitalized which left the two brothers alone. They managed on their own for some time and then left their hometown and walked over 50 miles to the small town where one of their old nannies lived in the mountains and became part of her family and were converted to Catholicism. They eventually ended up in a camp like Christine where their father finally found them and brought them to the United States.


Posted Jan. 23, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
sallyd

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RE: Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

It does not surprise me but I often wondered what it was like for them and how they could have continued to exist when they knew what was going on in their country. This is one of the reasons that I found this book so interesting. It explained what life was really like for the average German citizen during the war. I did not know that their lives were so full of fear and hardship. They obviously were consumed with just existing and trying to survive.


Posted Jan. 24, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jacquelynh

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RE: Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

Not all people of the American South were slave owners either. In most evil circumstances good people are to be found. Unfortunately, the good can often be controlled by fear of the power of the evil.


Posted Jan. 30, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
peg

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RE: Not all Germans or all military were party members. Does this surprise you?

Of course people disagreed..but fear kept them quiet


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