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Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:16 PM

I'm watching a documentary on the Einsatzgruppen on Netflix.

I remember reading The War Against the Jews by John Loftus and Lucy Dawidowicz as a young man.It's harrowing even watching the documentary . They include interviews with some of the townspeople who were witness to some of the atrocities and were still alive when the documentary was made in the early to mid aughts. Some of the townspeople expressed genuine regret and remorse. Some were matter of fact about it. The latter group pissed me off

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Reply I'm watching a documentary on the Einsatzgruppen on Netflix. (Original post)
DemocratSinceBirth Sep 18 OP
blm Sep 18 #1
DemocratSinceBirth Sep 18 #2
lunatica Sep 18 #3
DemocratSinceBirth Sep 18 #4
lunatica Sep 18 #5
DemocratSinceBirth Sep 18 #6
leftstreet Sep 18 #7
DemocratSinceBirth Sep 18 #8
lunatica Sep 18 #10
leftstreet Sep 18 #9
DemocratSinceBirth Sep 18 #11
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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:32 PM

1. It was a tough watch, but, absolutely necessary.

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Response to blm (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:35 PM

2. The part where the teenage girls refused to disrobe before they were shot.

I don't believe that was their intent but they got to die with a modicum of dignity.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:47 PM

3. I watched it a few days ago

Iíve watched every documentary that Netflix has about the Holocaust, the Nazis and Hitler. Netflix has been showing a lot of them. They all use old footage, but the documentaries are being done now, with all the information thatís been gathered up to date.

Some of those witnesses were horrified when the mass killings were going on. The people killed in those small towns were their neighbors, their friends, and families they had known for generations. You have to take into account that those killings happened decades before the interviews. What surprised me was the amount of detail they recalled.

I guess itís true that traumatic incidences are almost always recalled in minute detail. The emotional impact create the sharpest memories.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:49 PM

4. Those areas also had to have a high level of anti-semitism for the atrocities to occur.

The Holocaust didn't happen in a vacuum.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:07 PM

5. Broad brushism

You should watch again so you can see that it was the German troops, picked specifically to be killing squads that followed the German army during the invasion of Russia during the Barbarossa campaign. It was shock and awe in blitz style moves to overwhelm the enemy very quickly, invading small towns and separating out the Jews so quickly that no one knew what was going on. If the small towns were all Jewish they would all be killed in record time. Many times by being barricaded in their Temple and burned alive. Probably within the first 24 hours to cut down on any possible resistance.

The same speed was used in all the towns that were encountered. Jews were dragged out without knowing what awaited them. Or do you think the non Jewish people were taken aside to let them in on what the Germanís were doing? And that these non Jews turned their neighbors in without the Jews getting a clue?

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Response to lunatica (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:17 PM

6. There are whole bodies of scholarship about how people were more than willing to give up their

There are whole bodies of scholarship about how people were more than willing to give up their Jewish neighbors. The pogroms have their origins in the nineteenth century. The Shoah was just pogroms on steroids.

In fact in twenty first century Poland it's a crime to mention Polish complicity in the Holocaust:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44627129


P.S. I will go back and re-watch the documentary. I was more troubled by watching Roots and The Holocaust on tv than this one woman was watching Jews being murdered en masse right before her eyes.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:19 PM

7. +1

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:24 PM

8. The notion that the Jews

The notion that the Jews were leading idyllic lives in Europe before the mean NAZIS came along is risible.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:30 PM

10. I agree, but it didn't happen in the small towns in Russia or anywhere else

It was common in the big cities in Germany and Poland especially after the immense Nazi propaganda drive which saturated the airwaves, the laws and the Hitlerís rallies. Thatís where we get a huge amount of film footage from. The film we see of Jews being dragged out of their homes and pushed onto and off of the trains was not taken by the general public. It was proudly taken by Nazi filmographers with that specific job. The Nazis loved keeping detailed records of everything they did, especially in cataloging the Final Solution. The German citizens were kept in ignorance of the exterminations.

Anti Semitism isnít uncommon nor has it ever been. But thatís a different thing than outright being an active participant in killing them.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:29 PM

9. Glad you mention "The War Against the Jews"

presents excellent research about the state of antisemitism in the 19th century

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #9)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:34 PM

11. The suggestion that everybody loved the Jews until the NAZIS came along is risible.

My grandparents fled Russia and Poland one step ahead of the latest pogrom. Of course not every Lithuanian, Ukrainian. Pole, et cetera hated Jews enough to kill them en masse but there were enough of them who couldn't care less for it to happen. The Shoah was a culmination of all the pogroms, the Jew hatred, and the blood libels that preceded it.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #9)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:45 PM

12. Despite German occupation 90% of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust

That proves Jews could be saved if their host nations really cared about them.

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