"Men find it hard to look evil in the eye and call it by its true name."
Did you ever see the film, "The Hiding Place" - it is a wonderful film. It helps to understand Christmas in a death camp... from the prisoners' perspective. "No pit so deep that his love is not deeper still." - Betsy Ten-Boom
While the prisoners were suffering from starvation and cruel and inhuman conditions, Nazi soldiers and camp workers had every thing they needed or wanted. In fact, their lives were relatively normal and comfortable - unaffected by the diabolical work they were engaged in. Not unlike many of their fellow civilians who denied such things were happening. Astonishing?
Men find it hard to look evil in the eye and call it by its true name. It was no different in early 20th-century Germany, where women spoke of the need to "curb coercive procreation" by legalizing abortion. Coercive here meant having to bear to term a child who was already in the womb. In 1908 the "bourgeois" Federation of German Women's Organizations demanded repeal of the abortion clause, §218, so that every woman might be Herrin ihres Körpers, or master of her body. In this specious slogan the child in the womb was reduced to part of the mother's body. Before World War I only elite women used this newspeak, but after the war ordinary women chimed in, as in a 1931 rally in which "many thousands of women were mobilized under the communist slogan Dein Körper gehört Dir! (Your body belongs to you!)." The year 1931 also saw the birth of the Committee of Self-Incrimination Against §218, which encouraged celebrities to come out and admit to having had, or having aided in, an abortion. Among those who came out was Albert Einstein. - Read the entire article here.
I laugh, you laugh, we all laugh - ignoring the atrocities occurring in our society.
Top: SS officer Karl Hoecker lights a candle on a Christmas tree
Bottom: Laughter lines the faces of camp staff as they prepare for a sing-a-long.
Read more here: Laughing Death Camp Guards At Play.