"... whoever refused back then was faced with his own firing squad in a few minutes..."Hans1906 wrote: ↑26 Jul 2022 12:28After 1945, the grandfather was classified as a "follower" by the British military administration in northern Germany.Your grandfather is not just a war criminal, he is something far worse.
His last rank was a Major, a desk soldier, a bureaucrat, but fate took the man to other duties.
Do you really think it would have pleased the man to order such a thing, no.
It's easy for us today to condemn something, whoever refused back then was faced with his own firing squad in a few minutes...
40+ years of reading on the topic and I've yet to see a single example of a German soldier or policeman being executed for refusal to participate in executions.