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Why do you think our media portrays all Germany soldiers during WW2 as Nazi's ?

When Nazism is a political view and Hitler was conscripting children as young as 12 to fight for Germany and forced children as young as 8 to join the "Hitler Youth".

Is it fair that our media makes the assumption that all Germans are Nazi's ?

Example of false Nazi labeling: http://www.news.com.au/world/scottish-soccer-club-...

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  • 10 years ago
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    It's a combination of propaganda and easing the guilt of the soldiers. They wanted them to picture all of the german soldiers as bad guys. It helps to lessen the guilt the soldiers would have felt at killing them. It makes them more inhuman. By making them faceless Nazis, puppets of hitler and the nazi party, it made them easier to stomach killing. Just like it is easier to kill a person when you cannot see their face, if you cover it, and make it into something inhuman, it's easier to kill. Thats also why you hear a lot slurs and nick names used to refer to the enemy in most wars. Things like Japs, congs (I think that's the word), krauts, Jerry, etc. They make the soldiers from the other side into things, not people.

    The other part of it is propaganda. On the home front of the war, they wanted to keep morale up, and remind the people that they were fighting monsters, not people. It made it easier for the people to feel good about what was going on in Europe and the pacific. it made them feel like heros in a way. Could you imagine how people would have reacted if you had stuck a picture of an 18 year old boy with his mother and father looking fondly at him, while he plays catch with his little brother, then said This is what we need your help to kill so we can kill Hitler. People would have been disgusted and felt horrible.

    Unfortunately, it takes much longer for these ideas to be forgotten. They become so common that people have a hard time forgetting them even after the war has been fought and won.

    My father is German, and his parents were raised in Germany during World War II. They were just two of the nameless, faceless germans that neither supported hitler, nor were openly against him. They just sort of floated through life during the war, admittedly they were young at the time.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    It was a very popular government in Germany because it was successful in accomplishing goals such as restoring the economy, and basically turning Germany from a vanquished state into a superpower in a very short period of time. Nonetheless, most conscripted men who were fighting in the Wehrmacht were mostly just fighting for their nation, and could not be said to be fanatical Nazis. The Waffen-SS was different because these men were the political soldiers of the NSDAP, they WERE more into the cause that the regular enlisted troops.

    To answer you question: our media portrays everything about that regime as bad. The Holocaust story also has to have it's bad guys or demons. All of this propaganda is meant to make this period of history emotional: i.e. they are moralizing, and the enemy was and still IS evil. This makes people look at the Nazis with a bias, and not objectively. Also in my opinion, it's to prevent a revival of the politics of the Nazis anywhere in the world.

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  • Paul
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    10 years ago

    There were some Germans who opposed Hitler that is made clear in the historical documentaries. However it was towards the end of the war like 1944 that they really came out of the closet and spoke up and actively opposed the Nazi movement. Many lost their lives because of it. Bear in mind Nazism was a totalitarian power not just a political view. Regardless of your politcal view if you take up arms to defend an enemy state then you are an enemy combattant it doesn't matter how sincere your belief or how young and vulnerable you were when you were recruited. If you take up arms to defend a nazi state you're giving your very life to defend that cause of course you're going to be labelled along with all others who defend that cause.

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  • 10 years ago

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    I am a ww2 veteran. I served in combat in Europe as an infantryman. We did not separate them according to political views etc. They were all a bunch of "F*&^$# Krauts". No SS No Nazis No Good Germans. Just Krauts. Now the term Nazi is used now by the media to distinguish between a theoretical good German and the bad ones.

    Admittedly there were good Germans. also the Combat (waffen) SS was not as bad as they are painted to be. The nasty ones were the Heimsgruppe/Kampfgruppe Kommandos SS. But that is another story.

    Hope this helps

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    There is a lot of leftover propaganda.

    One that I find really offensive, which I learned in public High School, is that the gas chambers were to save money on bullets. I can't believe I ever believed that. It makes no sense as the gas chambers were clearly more expensive. The real reason they gassed their victims was because the average German soldier could not murder very many people in cold-blood, without going catatonic. The were losing many soldiers to this, and so they automated the system. This speaks of the sensitivity and humanity of the German soldiers, and reveals that they were victims as well.

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  • Cindy
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    We had a democratic president at the time, and as usual, the media was in his pocket. What do you think?

    Actually, the above is most likely a huge factor. Nevertheless, portraying all soldiers as Nazis (which they were not) makes it easier to stomach the idea of killing them (which was, alas, necessary to defeat Hitler.) However, the portrayal of all Germans as Nazis had many undesirable effects, one of which was the failure of the allies to support German dissenters who were attempting to bring Hitler down. The war might have ended with a lot less bloodshed if these courageous people had been given some help.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Before WW2 antisemitism was already wide spread.

    And it was a requirement for all citizens to be Nazi. How can a soldier possibly not be Nazi and on Germany's side during WW2?

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    If you are indoctrinated from a young age that doesn't change the fact that you hold a political view, in this case Nationalism, Facism, and Nazism. So all German soldiers during WWII would be Nazi's.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    No. I've seen interviews and film reels of people who were very afraid, and very sad over the plight of their country. I'm part German, and none in my family including me were ever Nazis.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    The fact that I saw the words FOXNEWS in the upper left hand corner says all it needs to.

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