That's a very interesting story Blackmail, and I thank you for sharing it with us. You also have my sympathies in regards to the lost of family members at Auschwitz.
I would appreciate it if we keep this thread clean and not post photos of the Holocaust or other atrocities of the war.
Now as I stated earlier, the relationship between the Waffen-SS and the brutal nature of the Nazi regime is not something one can wish away or pretend never existed. I have never said otherwise, and I highly resent the accusation of me trying to whitewash it. One can still keep that in mind while admiring their fighting capabilities as soldiers.
I have the same attitude towards the Red Army, which fought bravely in the war, even though serving a regime as brutal as the Nazi one. And let's not forget the many atrocities committed by them on their march across Eastern Europe.
Now I do find it interesting that nobody seems to object to the posting of Red Army soldiers, but the posting of Waffen-SS soldiers causes such hysteria. This considering the fact that there's more pictures of Red Army soldiers than of the Waffen-SS within this thread.
And yes, I'm more than aware of the ends of Nazi ideology. Me and heart have been discussing the origins and nature of such here.
I'm of Polish descent, which means I would've been considered subhuman and unable to volunteer in the Waffen-SS if I were alive back then. I'm more than aware of what the SS did to the Polish nation during it's brutal occupation following the 1939 campaign, and I give my highest respects for the members of the Home Army who rose up against them in 1944. I also pay my respects to the Polish soldiers who fought not just in 1939, but on various other fronts throughout the war.
Nevertheless, I also give respect to the bravery of the German soldiers who fought in the war. I also give respect to the bravery of the soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army. They fought and died like anyother soldier in anyother army. Yes, their countries were engaged in unjust causes, no doubt about that, but that doesn't give one a right to indiscriminately piss on them either.
I'm hardly alone in doing so, and many veterans of the Allied side have done so too. I already mentioned that one of them was my grandfather, who fought in the Pacific.
I can also recall an incident of Waffen-SS veterans visiting the battlefields of Kursk to lay a wreath at a Russian war memorial and they were greeted by Red Army veterans.
So all these wild accusations of me whitewashing history or whatnot is beyond absurd.
Yes actually I am aware of that. I have a photo of a funeral for a SS man with Catholic crucifixs in full display. Himmler once remarked to Hitler about that being one major difference between the SS and the SA: the SS were mostly Catholic while the SA were mostly Protestant.And by the way... Did you know that almost every SS hired in Auschwitz were catholics?
I'm also aware that Catholics were very active in the German resistance. This is especially true of Colonel von Stauffenberg, who was a devout Catholic.
And let's not forget that there were Catholics fighting with the Allies. One example, Fr. Edmund Walsh played an important role in American diplomacy during the war, and was a major advocate of American involvement. He was a major rival of the Nazi geo-political thinker Karl Haushofer, who was key in developing the concept of lebensraum.
Perhaps I can also mention St. Maximilian Kolbe, who died at Auschwitz? Maybe also St. Edith Stein, who suffered the same fate?