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  •  The Banality of Evil (5+ / 0-)

    Mike, I like the way you think, and the two points you make cause me to comment further about the SS files.  Not only will one find the Ahnentafels that were required of all, but for the SS officers there's usually some really eye-opening stuff -- like their personnel file.  I paid John Humphrey to dig up what he could on another of those rare surnames I was following, only this one really was a Germanic and not a Baltic surname.  The personnel file had information about this man's wife and kids, and the kids may well still be living.  Which is why the German privacy laws limit who can see these files in Germany today.

    Anyway, it was interesting to read what the man's superiors said about him, to see the documentation of his joining the Nazi party, etc., etc.  But the really gripping stuff was on page two, where his "educational" credentials are given:

    SS-Schulen:  ...   v. 12.1.43 - 14.4.43 Dachau.

    "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

    by Zwenkau on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:02:37 AM PDT

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