“Men without morals”

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What men are capable of doing to each other makes one shudder. The human body, of course, only offers a limited number of variants of torture even for the most perverted fantasy, but the victim of torture dies a thousand deaths. Most of the victims of Soviet murders would have preferred to have died quickly by a bullet in front of a cemetery wall or a noose on the gallows, as practiced by the Germans during their executions. The mutilations alone give the reader an idea of the sufferings of the victims of the Red Army before they died. If the reader, in viewing the photographs, tries to put himself in the victim’s place while they were being martyred, tormented, beaten or mauled to death — in the condition in which they were found by their comrades — he will obtain an idea of what men without morals are capable of doing.

Source: CRIMES AGAINST THE WEHRMACHT (VERBRECHEN AN DER WEHRMACHT) by FRANZ W. SEIDLER and translated by Carlos W. Porter.

How many millions of Jews were in these camps at any particular time? How many had passed through the Reinhard camps or other transit camps just like them? What happened to the Jews as the Soviets advanced westward eventually? How many Jews were the Germans able to take west with them? What happened to the Jews that came under Soviet control? How many Jews were killed by Soviet forces for having been pro-German collaborators? Why were the Auschwitz Jews so terrified of the Soviets that they actually "chose" in huge numbers to go west with the retreating SS, supposedly the greatest, mass murderers of Jews, rather than be "liberated" by Soviet forces. Elie Wiesel and his father both "chose" to go with the SS.
- Friedrich Paul Berg