This is a blog that needs to be read carefully, otherwise you will make a complete fool of yourself and go flying off the handle!
Concentration camps are an emotive issue. And Hitler gets the blame every time. Yes, I admit that Hitler was guilty, he gave the order, and hated jews so much that he had a lamp in his bunker where it is alledged the shade was made out of their skins. If true, and I believe it is true, he was truly a terrible animal.
However, do remember, he only gave the order. There was a huge organisation behind this, from the Gestapo who rounded up all the Jews, to the guards and railway workers who transported them to the concentration camps, to the guards who exterminated them there. Not to mention all the administrative personell, storemen and drivers.
We should never forget that it wasn’t just one man who was responsible.
Most of you will know that I come from South Africa, the country where concentration camps, as used by Hitler, were invented – by Lord Kitchener. Lord Kitchener was responsible for the killing of Afrikaans women and children (making up 25% of the entire Afrikaner race) in his camps with the objective of destroying the morale of the Boer fighters.
The British Government turned a blind eye because they just couldn’t stomach a defeat on the scale they suffered with the American War of Independence 1775-1783.
Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener also introduced the scorched earth policy of killing Boer cattle and buring their homesteads which Hitler avidly followed.
But that’s another story and it hurts me to think about it as I know people in these islands would never do things like that now.
I never thought I would agree with the BBC but they are right to bring this up now, lest we forget. Mind you, I do wish they would also talk about the twenty million Russians who were murdered on the orders of Stalin.
Kill tally: Approximately 20 million, including up to 14.5 million needlessly starved to death. At least one million executed for political “offences”. At least 9.5 million more deported, exiled or imprisoned in work camps, with many of the estimated five million sent to the ‘Gulag Archipelago’ never returning alive. Other estimates place the number of deported at 28 million, including 18 million sent to the ‘Gulag’.
But that could well be a painful subject for them if they truly are Marxists as so many people say.