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More than half a century later, we still talk about Hitler, Nazis, Third Reich, Auschwitz, and anti-Semitism much more than other dictators, other war-crimes, other genocides or other political philosophies. Why do the events during Hitler’s Third Reich linger so persistently in our collective memory? Perhaps, it is because analyzing our complex attitudes towards morality in today’s world is difficult and we seem to see the morality of those times in black and white. The writer takes us from the beginning when historians began to document events in Nazi Germany to until recently when we have begun to question everything including the morality of ordinary citizens of Germany of that time. The writer also talks about why it is not a good idea to have sweeping generalizations such as regarding Germans of that time as immoral: “Just because people had to exercise their moral choices within such constraints does not mean they had no moral choices at all, or that they were not responsible for the ones they made. Similarly, just because people rendered the Hitler salute in public did not mean that they believed in the regime in private.”

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/06/why-obsessed-nazis-third-reich

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