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Old November 21st, 2017, 10:46 AM   #51

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I knew of the "malgre nous " situation ,
He got lucky at the end , coming back with the victor from the other side of the fronts
there were a minority who fell under the spell of the Nazis , for a while I had a postcard of Alsatian SS parading in Munster .
those were confusing times with strange events lived by individuals ,
as for the food situation in Russia everyone report it as one small step above complete starvation
a pilot of the Normandy-Niemen squadron tell of eating a delicious stew
the cook shuffled his feet with embarrassment when asked how he did ti , it turned out it was rat meat
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 01:20 AM   #52

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In the beginning the Waffen SS just took volunteer.

This changed in 1944: everybody a bit more strong, more healthy was taken.

Running away was no option-in that case the whole family was deported to Silesia.
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 11:08 AM   #53
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Originally Posted by johnincornwall View Post
The idea that anyone (or everyone??) should stand up and say they don't agree with their masters' policies is mind-bogglingly ludicrous to me.

The inability of some posters to put themselves in a certain position, whilst throwing out moral condemnations left, right and centre, is staggering.
A lot of people did, and died as a result.

As for what any of us would do in that situation, well, you don't know until you're in that situation.

But experience tells us that a good portion of us would have resisted Fascism, as they did in Germany and ended up dead or in camps for political dissidents.

I'd like to think I would never have supported that regardless of the consequences.
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