stop trying to humanize nazis
they deserved and still do deserve to be shot
FUCK THIS SHIT.
say “sugarcoat” or “whitewash” or “exonerate” or whatever you want.
BUT STOP USING “INHUMAN” TO DISTANCE US FROM NAZIS.
By portraying them as some sort of inhuman super-monster you are indirectly flattering both them and humanity. Because surely no real human is capable of that, right? Not one of ours? Wrong. Fuck off.
Othering nazis implies that they had an inordinately enlarged capacity for cruelty and brutality that isn’t present in regular ordinary humans. Which is such a load of bullshit it makes me sick. Given the right circumstances everyone is capable of perpetuating or committing crimes against humanity.
In order to come to grips with the true horror of what they did we have to realize that humans did it. Accepting that fact is actually MORE frightening than being able to put all the Nazis in the dock and point at them. Humanity is capable of this kind of evil, it always has been, and it always will be.
We don’t want to accept that the same threads of evil have always existed in us and in fact are going on around us every day. You don’t have to be a douchebag and compare everything to Nazi crimes against humanity in order to realize this.
TL;DR: Stop creating this historical myth of the ultimate evil, it flatters the Nazis and also flatters humanity by saying that we aren’t capable of this kind of thing. Humans are fucking awful.
If you want to read about just how human the people living in Nazi Germany were, I would suggest Life and Death in the Third Reich. It’s incredibly interesting and shows a perspective that most don’t normally see.