(Original post by gemgems89)
Exactly. Don't tell me that they didn't smell death. Didn't see millions of people being taken away. Didn't suspect a thing. Didn't hear the screams.
Very poetic indeed, I can just tell you my personal opinion, nobody can know.
According to my grandparents (three of them which still live) the population in the cities (especially Berlin) rather knew what was going on, there was the biggest Jewish community. Apparently in the smaller cities people knew there was something going on but only few had a more exact idea about the concentration camps. In the rural areas people were not too touched by politics until the war started, I would say.
I agree, the Germans can never deny the fact that not ebough people stood up, especially in the beginning. Only one little excuse can be that Hitler was underrated for a long time, people outside the south (Munich) just did not take him serious, with all his stupid aggressive statements. And when Hitler had won the 1933 election it was in fact too late - I do not know if I would stand up, quite honestly. It was plain suicide and very few who spoke a word are still alive.
Much of this has been said in the thread, I think it is still a very serious issue! I believe in historical guilt (as vienna might know ;-), on my side and on other sides (respect muffin, your post about the imperialists was impressive! wanted to give you rep but couldnt). It can maybe help prevent things from repeating.
but thanks to all who forgive us!!!