FRONTSOLDATEN THE GERMAN SOLDIER IN WORLD WAR II PDF

I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life. Fritz provides the definitive account of the everyday war of the German front soldier. The personal documents of these soldiers, most from the Russian front, where the majority of German infantrymen saw service, paint a richly textured portrait of the Landser that illustrates the complexity and paradox of his daily life. Although clinging to a self-image as a decent fellow, the German soldier nonetheless committed terrible crimes in the name of National Socialism. Idealistic and motivated by a desire to create a new society, he waged a cruel ideological war on behalf of a racist conception of national community. Though he was fiercely proud of his skill and resilience, his stubborn efforts ultimately led only to more senseless destruction.

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Further information: Nazi birthing centres for foreign workers The Foreign Ministry of the Polish Government in Exile issued a document on May 3, , describing the mass kidnapping raids conducted in Polish cities with the aim of capturing young women for sexual slavery at brothels run by the German military. Selected young women were later forced into military brothels The Swiss Red Cross mission driver Franz Mawick wrote in from Warsaw about what he saw: "Uniformed Germans One of the soldiers pulls out a pocket flashlight and shines it on one of the women, straight into her eyes.

The two women turn their pale faces to us, expressing weariness and resignation. The first one is about 30 years old. Owner of the flashlight directs the light again on the faces and bodies of girls. The youngest is maybe 15 years old They open her coat and start groping her with their lustfull paws. In one such instance, a group of Polish and Soviet women imprisoned at a German military brothel located in Norway escaped in They found refuge in the local Lutheran Church which offered them asylum.

In September , Field Marshal von Brauchitsch suggested that weekly visits for all younger soldiers be considered mandatory to prevent "sexual excesses" among them. The prostitutes had a scheduled medical check-up to slow the spread of venereal diseases. Seidler , contended that the foreign women who were made to register for the German military brothels had been prostitutes already before the war.

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The strength of "Frontsoldaten" is in the excerpts from various collections of the letters of German soldiers. Controversy or not, it is incredible that one source is employed so often. As if to make the Sajer text feel at home , several novels are also used to support themes. All were written by German soldiers, so obviously have an insight, in fact one of my favorites, "The Cross of Iron" by Willi Heinrich is referenced half a dozen times in a short stretch.

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