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Volunteer fire-fighters watching an air duel over Warsaw. Propaganda poster reads "To Arms  United we will defeat the enemy".

Volunteer fire-fighters watching an air duel over Warsaw. Propaganda poster reads "To Arms United we will defeat the enemy".

German infantry marches into Czechoslovakia, 1938. Note the troops wearing WW1-era steel helmets still carrying the Reichswehr decal The Reichswehr was Germany's defense force from 1919 until 1935, when Hitler declared full rearmament.

German infantry marches into Czechoslovakia, 1938. Note the troops wearing WW1-era steel helmets still carrying the Reichswehr decal The Reichswehr was Germany's defense force from 1919 until 1935, when Hitler declared full rearmament.

Waffen SS search terrified Russian civilians caught near Demyansk, Sept 20, 1941.

Waffen SS search terrified Russian civilians caught near Demyansk, Sept 20, 1941.

Budapest, Hungary, Jews being humiliated by members of the Arrow Cross Party. SS soldiers and German policemen appearing in the photograph were brought to the site to keep order. The Germans took control of the situation after approximately 24 hours and sent the Jews to their homes. The deportation began only two weeks later, when Eichmann's staff finished all the necessary arrangements. Information source: Janos Varga, director of the Hungarian Film Archives.

Budapest, Hungary, Jews being humiliated by members of the Arrow Cross Party. SS soldiers and German policemen appearing in the photograph were brought to the site to keep order. The Germans took control of the situation after approximately 24 hours and sent the Jews to their homes. The deportation began only two weeks later, when Eichmann's staff finished all the necessary arrangements. Information source: Janos Varga, director of the Hungarian Film Archives.

Munster, Germany, a shattered display window of a Jewish store, after Kristallnacht.

Munster, Germany, a shattered display window of a Jewish store, after Kristallnacht.

An entire SS Panzer Tank Division was manned by 16 & 17-year-old boys.  The German ethic of the boy soldier not only encouraged such service but towards the end of the war, the Germans even drafted boys as young as 12 into military service.  These children saw extensive action and were among the fiercest & effective German defenders in the Battle of Berlin.  American men were horrified as they fought,killed and sometimes were killed–by boys  barely old enough to graduate from elementary…

Child Soldiers Are Unfortunately Nothing New

An entire SS Panzer Tank Division was manned by 16 & 17-year-old boys. The German ethic of the boy soldier not only encouraged such service but towards the end of the war, the Germans even drafted boys as young as 12 into military service. These children saw extensive action and were among the fiercest & effective German defenders in the Battle of Berlin. American men were horrified as they fought,killed and sometimes were killed–by boys barely old enough to graduate from elementary…

Jews forced to scrub the street of Vienna after the Anschluss (annexation) of Austria, March 1938

Jews forced to scrub the street of Vienna after the Anschluss (annexation) of Austria, March 1938

Another public hanging of a suspected partisan somewhere in Russia. The placard nailed to the gallows reads: "This the fate that befalls every partisan and commissar and those who are against the German Army". The protagonist of the show is the Field Gendarmery [military police] NCO in the center of the photo. Both he and the crowd of German soldiers are smiling at the successful performance of the rope. Such callousness was routine among the "supermen" of Nazi Germany.

Another public hanging of a suspected partisan somewhere in Russia. The placard nailed to the gallows reads: "This the fate that befalls every partisan and commissar and those who are against the German Army". The protagonist of the show is the Field Gendarmery [military police] NCO in the center of the photo. Both he and the crowd of German soldiers are smiling at the successful performance of the rope. Such callousness was routine among the "supermen" of Nazi Germany.

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