Why didn’t the other Germans (other than the war criminals that is) rebel against these heinous crimes? Actually, they did – once – and very successfully (or so it seemed at the time).
Contrary to a very popular misconception, a forceful action by a sufficient number of “ordinary Germans” was a powerful force in the Third Reich. Which does say something very important about the true nature and true objectives of the Nazis and their Führerstaat.
Although Aktion T4 (mass murder of mentally and/or physically sick) was very important to the Nazi top brass and to Hitler personally, he had to bow to the revolt of the “ordinary Germans” (supported by both Catholic and Lutheran Church). And to terminate the program at the end of August of 1941.
Protests were led by the outspoken Bishop of Münster (subsequently Cardinal), Clemens von Galen, whose intervention led to “the strongest, most explicit and most widespread [and the most successful] protest movement against any policy since the beginning of the Third Reich”, according to Third Reich historian Dr. Richard J. Evans.
Which means that had the German public protested against the Holocaust (or any other mass murder program for that matter), Hitler would have had no other choice but to terminate the program in question.
To prevent this from happening, the SS covered these crimes with the strictest possible security blanket making sure that (1) the information is shared strictly on the “need to know” basis; (2) those that know don’t talk; and (3) those who do talk – including the accidental witnesses – are swiftly and brutally silenced.
Consequently, the overwhelming majority of Germans were blissfully unaware of these monstrous crimes and experienced the most powerful and painful shock in their lives after being exposed to these crimes by the victorious Allies.
“It is worse than a crime – it is a [colossal] blunder”. That’s how Antoine Boulay, comte de la Meurthe (a prominent French politician of the Napoleonic era) reacted to the execution of Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien (it was a colossal blunder indeed as it ultimately cost Napoleon I his empire and his power and led to his untimely death on Saint Helena island).
Exactly the same can (and must!) be said about every crime committed by the Nazis (and thus ultimately by Adolf Hitler himself). I will explain why in detail in the corresponding sections in this chapter (that deal with each of these monstrous crimes).
Here I will only note (I will prove it beyond the reasonable doubt a bit later) that these crimes contributed significantly to Nazi defeat in the Second Great War, demise of the Third Reich and Hitler’s suicide in the Führerbunker.