German Life During The Holocaust?
Though i know how jewish families lived during the holocaust, How would a typical German family live on a day-to-day basis, including Germans with no soldiers in the war, or the families of German soldiers? Was it apparent to them, that their fathers/brothers/husbands were commiting were causing so very much destruction?
Any help would be much obliged :)
- PravdaLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Germans had a holocaust of their own to contend with, the indiscriminate carpet bombing (including fire-bombs) that killed more than a million civilians, a good many of whom were women and children. Ask them. Most of the night bombing raids [a favorite of "Bomber Harris] hit no factories nor anything related to the war, they simply destroyed countless homes, many in country villages. As for your question, not all the Germans were brainwashed just as not all Americans are brainwashed. Many -- early on -- tried to even kill Hitler, there were literarily dozens of attempts to get rid of him that nobody writes about. Read the story of "The White Rose" to start with. Of course, many more believed what Hitler told them, just like an awful lot of Americans believe their president and the Pentagon. A good many Germans, however, just "sat on the fence" hoping it would all be over soon. And, then there were the tens of thousands killed by Allied bombing in France, Holland, etc.Source(s): http://wais.stanford.edu/ztopics/week020105/france... and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualti...
- Philip LLv 41 decade ago
The Holocaust is said to have started in 1942. By then the second world war was in it's third year. The average German had to contend with rationing of food stuffs, clothing, and gasoline. Additionally, millions of fathers, sons, and husbands were serving in the armed forces. Meaning women and old men had to do much of the work normally done by younger men. From 1942 onwards the average German had to deal with air raids.
Increasingly the average German came to depend on the Nazi party for welfare, security and disaster relief as all of these programs were controlled by the Nazis.
On the whole the average German lived no better or worse than the average British civilian during the same period.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I get lots of thumbs-down for saying it, but Hitler did to Poland what the US has done to (North) Vietnam and Iraq: manufacture reasons to attack and go to war.
The everyday Germans who had no one in the war were few. Every able-bodied man was expected/required to do his part, unlike Americans where few white people have anyone in the actual fighting, much less the miltary at all. Professor Andrew Bacevitch has pointed out that less than 1/2 of 1% of Americans are in the military, which is why Bush/Cheney got away with the war. Nice white middle-class people didn't have kids dying in it. The casualties are mainly among brown people: those of African, Hispanic, or mixed races.
Everyday Germans who had no relative in the war, if they could be found, probably thought that the war didn't concern them, until the bombs started falling, and then they blamed the British and Americans for the bombings, just like the Americans blamed the Japanese for Pearl Harbor, or the British blamed the Germans for the Blitz!
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- sgatlantisroseLv 71 decade ago
The Holocaust did not take place until the war had actually started, so the day to day life of the Germans during that time lived in war time conditions. This would have meant employment in jobs that kept the german war machine going, or doing volunteer work to support that war effort. Rationing of various supplies would have been a natural result, as materials were shifted to the war effort. Living in major metropolitan areas would have resulted in spending days or weeks inside of bomb shelters as the Allied raids picked up pace.
As far as what the Germans back home were aware of, most would not be aware of what was happening during the Holocaust. Remember, during the first world war Germany had been accused of war atrocities by the Allies. After the war it was clear that the Allied propaganda had lied. So even though the Germans might doubt Goebbel's own propaganda, they had no reason to believe any rumors spreading about the concentration camps and round ups of Jews. Most Germans would have assumed it was just more of the same. And few of the German soldiers would have been involved with what was happening in the camps. They might have seen some disturbing things, but few in the Wehrmacht would have been in position to see enough to recognize what was happening. Only certain SS units were totally "in the know", and for all their belief in their mission, they recognized that openly bragging about what they were doing was not a good idea, at least not until the Nazis won the war. Which fortunately didn't happen.
One word on another answer. First, yes, the US manufactured a reason for war with North Vietnam. Unlike the manufactured attack that started the war in Poland, the US's goal was not conquest but to provide greater assistance to a nation resisting communist takeover. Perhaps wrong, but not morally equivalent. As far as Iraq, we had reason since the first Gulf war ended to go to war with Iraq. Saddam didn't comply with the conditions of the cease fire, he tried to intimidate his neighbors with the threat of WMD even as he denied having them, and there were reasons to believe he did in fact have them. The fact that his country was such a kleptocracy that he never ended up producing what we thought he was doesn't' invalidate us having reason to believe he was in fact building up such weapons.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
German families "loved" Hitler at that time, and they knew what they fathers/cousins/brothers were doing (only those who were in command commited terrible war crimes).-the soldiers were just living the war-in war to survive the human being is capable of the most disgusting acts...-and the famillies loved Hitler because they saw Hitler as their only way out of misery...-remember that their economy was very weakened after the first world war!