As an update to my recent post How Genocide Becomes Acceptable a recently published book brings the phenomenon of state sponsored hate into greater relief. The thrust of my argument in the original post was that leftists were using government and Gramscian strategies in the media and education systems to promote a culture of hatred against their political opponents. The kind of hatred that, by means of its widespread dehumanization of the targeted sector of society, eventually leads to genocide.
A good example of this was Nazi Germany and its genocide against Jews. The German state sponsored hate, and yesterday’s versions of David Letterman and Bill Maher and Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar and Chris Matthews and the New York Times and MSNBC enthusiastically assisted them. These actions have results that impact upon a wide sector of society which eventually adapts a mindset that allows hate and genocide to appear “normal”.
The book is ‘The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide,’ by Daniel Blatman. It chronicles how German civilians murdered concentration camp inmates released as the end of the war drew near. Some 500,000 prisoners from the concentration camp gulag both within and without Germany were on the move in the first months of 1945. Many were massacred by German civilians infested with Nazi Party state sponsored hate.
‘..as was the case in Gardelegen, a town in east-central Germany, where US soldiers found hundreds of charred and mangled bodies in a barn in mid-April 1945. They were the bodies of prisoners from various camps who had been forced inside’ writes Blatman, an Israeli, whose book is published this week and goes on sale in Germany. It was later discovered that people had volunteered to guard the prisoners, including ordinary civilians, some of them armed with hunting rifles, who mutated into prison guards of their own volition.
‘We’re going hunting, to shoot down the zebras!” cries youths, in reference to the striped uniforms of the inmates. Men from the Volkssturm militia, police officers, soldiers from a paratrooper division barracked nearby, guards and civilians helped drive the doomed prisoners into the barn. Then they locked the doors, lit gasoline-soaked straw on the ground and tossed hand grenades into the building. Anyone who attempted to escape the inferno ran into a hail of bullets. Some 25 prisoners survived, while about 1,000 died.
The same thing happened in Celle, not far from the terrible, disease riddled concentration camp of Belsen. Prisoners were ‘killed like animals’ in a forest according to a British military report. Some 300 died in April 1945 massacre, a Hitler Youth leader aged just 17 accounting for 20 alone. In Palmnicken near the former East Prussian city of Königsberg some 3,000 prisoners from the Stutthof concentration camp were herded by civilians on to beach of the frozen Baltic Sea to be mowed down by S.S. men.
Along the country roads of a huge swathe of Germany can be found the little memorials to terrible acts where people were killed in ones and twos and sometimes tens and hundreds. Blatman believes tens of thousands of ‘ordinary Germans’ became killers despite no documentary evidence whatsoever that any of the S.S. or Nazi party hierarchy had ever ordered them to behave in such a fashion.
Blatman says that the mentality of the prisoners’ sadistic guards – that they were defending their homeland from ‘subhumans’ – somehow resonated with the civilian population as they saw this ‘enemy’ passing by their homes. A decade of indoctrination, a genocidal mentality that had systematically dehumanized the Jews and the Slavs, led to the collective hunt,’ he said.
Further reading on this issue at Crusader Rabbit.