The Nazis and their partners in crime tried fundamentally to alter the moral understanding of humanity — and with the likes of Alois Knäbel they succeeded.
They did this by locating their murderous depredations within a warped moral framework that defined their violence as purifying, necessary and righteous.
‘I’m celebrating the thousandth shot in the neck,’ he slurred.
He added that he’d shoot his own father if he was ordered to.
The toddler started screaming, and Knäbel picked her up, stroked her hair and muttered soothing words to her.
They were doing so, they claimed, on behalf of future generations of Germans.Any murderous orders not conveyed by word of mouth were read and then burned.Nonetheless, units operating in the field made regular radio reports of their activities in a code that was broken by British cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park.There were other problems, too, in analysing the material picked up by the code-breakers.While there was plenty of evidence of massacres, the victims were vaguely referred to as Bolsheviks, plunderers, partisans and so forth, rather than Jews.