Misconceptions about the Waffen-SS

SS-Untersturmführer Brommann
There is a widespread assumption that the men of Waffen-SS were indoctrinated political soldiers of one sort or another, with the precise meaning of this term varying with the outlook of the user. This outlook, in turn, is assumed to account for the greater proportion of war crimes attributed to the Waffen-SS. Surviving records, however, support Waffen-SS veterans´ claims that political indoctrination was at most a minor part of their training. It is essential to realize that most cases of atrocities result from some previous atrocity committed in violation of laws and customs of war and were often of an exceptionally heinous nature. In other words, they were often a part of the pernicious cycle of cruelty that stem from other, similar acts. The results are often disturbing and sometimes inexcusable, but not unique to the Waffen-SS. Each case must be examined individually and closely before any opinion on the general nature of the Waffen-SS can be considered to be well informed. Credit: Marc Rikmenspoel, Waffen-SS Encyclopedia. Image: SS-Untersturmführer Karl Brommann served in SS-Division Nord, 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland and in SS-Panzer Abteilung 103. Brommann was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, for the destruction of 66 tanks along with 44 anti tank guns and 15 vehicles in the battle for Danzig on February 1945. He was captured by the British on May 21 1945. Brommann remained in captivity until November 1947, when he was released he trained to be a dental laboratory technician at the University Clinic of Germany. Commons Bundesarchiv.

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