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[necro]Nazi unit leader found in US

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Posted Jul 5, '13 at 12:44am

Getoffmydangle

Getoffmydangle

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^  I was going to basically quote your whole post, so just to save pixels, Imagine that its all here --> "..."

It Doesn't seem like you actually read any of the articles referenced... is why it keeps getting brought up.  Didn't read or didn't comprehend, either way....

Yes he should be punished, just like anyone who does something awful. 
Understanding why ordinary people committed atrocities does not excuse them.  But it seems like you are not understanding that by and large, these were ordinary people, put in terrible situations.  The "Zimbardo" link above will explain that in a lot more detail than I can. 
The Wikipedia page (or your own google search) about the Fundamental Attribution Error will also be enlightening in this case.

 

Posted Jul 5, '13 at 6:41pm

danielo

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I know moew than enough, thank you very much. But at the begining it wasnt so hard. When the occupied Poland, you can see the sadistic happiness on there faces while torturing the jewish peoples. You can see a german beat up someone, a group of "ordinary" soliders, with no officer around, no one force them too or stop them from just letting this poor man go with no harm.

They are not victims. A speicely these foregien SS groups. As i said befor, in many cases these bastereds "done the job" befor the nazies could even arrive. When they heared germany occupied the territory they just slaghuterd, murduredall the jews, communist, and etc.

Again, these "hard times", "just followed orders" are poor excuses in many cases

When Lithuinia was conquered by the soviet from germany, the red army found 2500 corpses in the woods, preapered to be set on fire.
These soliders risked there life, just to kill these peoples. Most jewish, some other hated groups. The german army was broken. No one could have threat them to do so. But yet they did.

Im sure (or hope) that many of them were just "ordinary peoples", who have been caught in a bad influence. But many many of them showed such a devotion to "the job" that its quite, well, wierd.

 

Posted Jul 5, '13 at 7:10pm

Getoffmydangle

Getoffmydangle

148 posts

Here is what I said:

Yes he should be punished, just like anyone who does something awful.
Understanding why ordinary people committed atrocities does not excuse them.

Here is what you said (i can only assume in response to me):

They are not victims.

#missingthepoint

I'm only going to say this once more, because its a waste of my time if you aren't interested in learning anything.  Read this article.

The lazy, emotionally reactive, and unsophisticated way to think about people and situations like this is to assume that they are "bad apples," or deviant psychopaths who were just waiting for the perfect time to act out their sick fantasies, or that collectively the whole (most) of the german population at the time were fundamentally bad people.   None of these is not the case though.  Yes there are always outliers in every population, but to generalize an entire group is no more accurate than any other race/gender/nationality-based generalization. 

Clearly, you are emotionally attached to your beliefs about the nazis and that is understandable if you have family members, friends, neighbors who were killed or tortured or separated from their families by the nazis.  I can sympathize, My grandfather's entire family (and the entire jewish population in their town) were killed by the nazis when they invaded poland.  It takes courage to challenge beliefs that have been passed down to you, or that you hold closely.  But what we know about human emotion, behavior, and interaction indicates that ordinary people (and I'm talking about the majority of people on a bell-curve) are capable of doing terrible things even when they aren't directly ordered to do so, because their environment and context, and the role they are acting in can be overwhelming determinants in their behavior.  This is the main thesis of the Zimbardo article that I linked.  It is the "Bad barrel, not bad apple" metaphor. 

In the stanford prison experiment, it took less than a weekend for the prison guards (a randomly assigned group of stanford college students) to start harassing and grossly mistreating the prisoners (also a randomly assigned group of stanford college students).  They were not directed to do so, they had no predisposition to do so, they didn't know the prisoners beforehand, and they had no reason to do so other than they were "the guards" and those other guys were "the prisoners."   
This same phenomenon can be seen on a more real-world level in the abu graib scandal.

 

Posted Jul 6, '13 at 2:26pm

danielo

danielo

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Dude, i know all these experiments. I learnd psycholigy in high school and im quite good at history, so lets cover these fronts.

#missingthepoint

Did you jsut hashtag me?!

Anyway, I dont think that just a bunch did all these Evil acts. So many cases of german and allies did horrible horrible things, not in war times but in 'peace'. The Soliders who controld Poland in 1940 were "Invinsible". They kicked the allies armies all over the world. Russia didnt fought them then. They did it because they wanted to. They cut Rabbi's beards in the streets for "fun". They beat up kids to death because the devil know why.

Well, maybe the conclusion is that our speices suck.

Ill just ask this - if the line is between resist the regiem or fully cooperate and even taking self initiative, why so many did the "bad thing", rather then jsut stay "natural"? Why so many shoot lines of Communist PoW? so many who did the most horribel thing you can imagaine?

It didnt happened in WW1. It didnt happened in the wars after it {most of them, and i dont want to sound racist, but not the wars in africa}.

I mean, knowing that thousands of peopels die everyday at the trains you drive, that you guard, adn just do nothing is sound insane to me. Sure, the nature of man is to 'swim along', I hope that the nature to act good is stronger.

So again, sure psycholigy say that our this is natural. That what psycoligy is all about. explaining these things.

 

Posted Jul 6, '13 at 4:18pm

EmperorPalpatine

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I mean, knowing that thousands of peopels die everyday at the trains you drive, that you guard, adn just do nothing is sound insane to me.

My mom drove ammo/bomb/missile trucks during Desert Storm, which were eventually used to kill people. How many actions removed from an event still constitute bloodguilt and responsibility? Should just the soldiers who committed the acts be punished? Their leaders? The leaders of those leaders? The people who made the weapons on the production lines? The factory owners? Should every German have been killed for voting Hitler into power? Is the blame on the Allies for not stopping it sooner?

 

Posted Jan 29, '14 at 7:54pm

abt79

abt79

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According to some people's logic, this guy shouldn't be harmed because it was in the past. I call BS