Waffen SS Major Otto Kumm playing with some animals, c. 1941
I want to hate him but it hard when he’s being nice to that cute little fox xp damn nazis and their head game
it is so easy to condemn them as monsters, when you dont look them in the eye, but sadly the world is filled with the worst kind of monster. Regular Human beings, that are capable of terrible things, when following orders
OKKAAAYYYY everyone really really needs to fucking stop with this following orders bullshit. They were people, but people that chose to do horrible things with no remorse or regard for the people they did it for. He was in the SS, which was not like the regular German army who did follow orders, which by the way you don’t have to do, you could have some integrity like lots of Generals had, some of whom died because they had the decency not to murder innocent people. The SS was reserved for the most dedicated Nazis, they had to prove their bloodlines were pure, they had tattoos proving it, they were the worst of the worst. They did not follow orders, you cannot excuse their behavior by wiping that away. The SS was dedicated to their racially pure views which involved going into villages and killing each and every Jewish person, or running concentration camps, slaughtering Soviet civilians in Eastern Europe, etc.. which was all done gladly by men and women who loved the Nazi ideology. Yes it is easy to call them monsters, but it is a lot easier to say they were simply following orders. Rather it is a more difficult to know that people like Otto Klum, who were capable of love and joy, of playing with small animals, could so easily disregard the lives of millions of human beings. It is hard to face the facts that the Nazis were not brainwashed or all following orders, instead believed that the death of 11 million people was a good thing.
That. 1,000 times over.
However. Otto Kumm was a soldier of the field. Although ranked as a Bridgeführer (and GeneralMajor) of the Waffen-SS, Kumm only fought on the battlefield. He was part of the invasion of Poland and the final offensive by the Nazis, Operation Rösselsprung. He lived until 2004, after becoming a successful business man, because he was not found to have personally participated in the deaths of any civilians.
If you want to romanticize the idea of any Nazis, find the good guys. Kumm may not have killed a Jew in the camps, but he may have killed hundreds in the streets. Wilm Hosenfeld went out of his way to try and help any Jews he could. Where Kumm got to live until 2004, Hosenfeld was sentenced to 25 years in a Soviet labor camp. Look into Karl Plagge and the few others that existed, that we are aware of.