The History Girls: How much did ordinary Germans really know about the Holocaust? by Leslie Wilson

‘I know no one ever believes us nowadays – everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing, it was all kept well secret.’ Thus Brunhilde Pomsel, one of Goebbels’s typists, recently quoted in The Guardian, talking about the Holocaust.

And I found myself, as so often, thinking: ‘Yes, you can say that, but how can I believe you?’ It was the eternal question for…

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4 thoughts on “The History Girls: How much did ordinary Germans really know about the Holocaust? by Leslie Wilson

  1. A thought-provoking post. This question has often been on my mind. The problem is that we continue doing this, obviously because we cannot face some unpalatable things, which we feel powerless to change. But the worst is, that a portion of mankind keeps doing such monstrosities…

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  2. A difficult and emotional subject indeed. Many of the camps were not in Germany itself, that is true. However, it seems incredible to be told (or hear it suggested) that most of the people were unaware of the mass deportations of Jews from all over Germany. That they may well have been ignorant of their eventual fate could be argued. Many were quick to occupy their properties and steal their possessions though.

    Denial of history is one way of dealing with national guilt and trauma, but it is never to be encouraged. Once that denial starts to become accepted as fact, the danger is that it could well happen again. As we have already seen in some conflicts since.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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