Second world war through the lenses of German soldiers


The German State avoided some of the penalties mainly through being broke, although having it's economy sunk to a level where 1US$ cost 4,200,000,000,000 Marks and people were bartering artworks, jewellery and the like for basic foodstuffs helped drive the ferment leading to the foundation and support for the NSDAP who promised a return to a better lifestyle for everyone - and started to deliver on that. From the point of view of the 1920's & 30's German who was used to seeing their lords and masters still hunting, shooting & fishing, throwing lavish parties for their peers whilst everyone else was forced to scrape a living and borrow heavily, it's easy to see the attraction.
There's a good book on the period, 'When Money Dies'.

"When money dies" is pretty sobering reading for any economic period.

It certainly puts political events in 20s/30s central Europe into context. The hardships and tragedy endured by whole populations seems to have desensitised or even motivated them to the cruelties and pogroms that occurred later.


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They photgraphed many of the horrors of the massacres they commited in the east from the day they invaded Poland. Maybe they thought those pictures would never comesto light as they would be victors.
There is display on this topic in the Russo German war museum in Berlin and it has been mentioned in many modern histories of the German experience of WW2 such as Nicholas Stargardt's The German War. The mass executions in 1941 seem to have attracted photgraphers.

I am surprised the Guardian did not pick this point up. The pictures are all happy snaps. Maybe a lack of historical knowledge on the editorial team?

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