War Diaries - Part III

It is very easy to judge people and events from the Second World War, shooting your opinions from the comfortable position of our modern world. It is very easy to be a smart-ass right now, when all the information is in our reach, you just need to pull out your smartphone.

This wasn’t the case in the times of war. You knew only what you were told, or read in propaganda-driven newspapers, or heard on propaganda-driven radio. Collaboration with Germany was a very wide phenomenon, having all shades of grey.

On the one side we have these forcefully drafted men. Your choice was to go with Wehrmacht or get a bullet in the head. What would you do? I’d go. I wouldn’t be proud of it, but the will to live is somewhat stronger than anything else for some people. Imagine how much suffering these people had to sustain, on the Eastern Front, especially. Not for “their cause”. Not for their nation. Only for survival. Forced to do some really bad shit. Their tragedy is something indisputable for us.

The other side were collaborators who believed. Many believed in the idea of fighting against Bolshevism. That was the catchiest and probably the smartest thing that Nazi propaganda had to offer. Can we condemn them for getting into this? Of course, they could pull out their phones and check what is the truth, what kind of monsters their new “friends'' really are. Oh wait… they couldn’t. Yet, seeing how many people are ready to swallow any propaganda nowadays (being fanatically convinced that this is the truth), I doubt things changed with this “age of information”. Look how many people today are attracted to Communism, even if all the knowledge is right in their reach - ready to be grasped.

The last ones, who we really condemn, were those who sold their souls for selfish benefits. Traitors, opportunists and first of all - many politicians - they all deserved to be shot.

Now, let’s watch the third part of War Diaries, shall we?