Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/09/09

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Riefenstahl Dies -- The Crime of Self-deception
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 15:27:29 EDT

In a message dated 9/9/03 11:43:56 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> A little humility is always in order when judging the mistakes of the 
>  past.
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At some point the mistake becomes clear. Then the wishful thinking takes over.
It is the wishful thinking that is the true crime. German boys wounded 
physically and mentally came home to tell what they had done or witnessed in Eastern 
Europe. By 1942 everyone in Germany knew of the Holocaust and the massive 
losses in Russia. Many young people at universities, such as Sophie Scholl and 
her friends in the White Rose movement, began to rebel and distribute handbills. 
The activists, like Sophie, were beheaded by the SS. They could not move the 
German people to depose Hitler. Goebbels fed the wishful thinking with lies 
about the Allies breaking up their coalition. Or that Hitler had fearsome 
weapons that would change the course of the war. He hinted that secret negotiations 
were going on in Switzerland to bring the war to an end on Hitler's terms. And 
so on.
The conscious self-deception perpetuated the crimes until 1945 when Russian 
artillery fired point blank into German positions in Berlin. 

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