alibi

by Ned Richardson-Little

One of the enduring myths of the Nazi era is that average Germans didn’t know what was happening to persecuted groups including the Jews. Everyone knew about the round ups and the deportations – they were impossible to miss in daily life.

However, for many Germans, the concentration camps were not seen as part of a program of political and racial terror, but a sensible policy, which sought to deal with the problems of uncontrolled immigration of Jews from the East and with the socially and politically deviant.

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