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German Civilians and the Holocaust

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Title

German Civilians and the Holocaust

Subject

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Description

Oral history video clip featuring John Loftus, president of the Florida Holocaust Museum. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-04-23

Contributor

Loftus, John

Relation

G36-00064
Tape number: 4001A

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Loftus, John

Transcription

In the history of the Third Reich, no one was ever prosecuted for refusing to kill a Jew. No one went to prison. No one was fined. Many people refused to work in the mobile killing units and asked for transfers away, and they were granted. No one, not a single person in Nazi Germany and throughout the Third Reich, was ever prosecuted for refusing to murder an unarmed civilian. It didn’t happen. See, the armies of the Holocaust weren’t just Germans, particularly they weren’t German soldiers. These weren’t—we’re not talking about draftees. By and large, these were volunteers, who were willing to climb to power over the bodies of children if necessary. Ordinary German people would volunteer to hunt down Jews that escaped from a train shipment. I mean, people who chose murder. These are intentional crimes; it’s not a crime of war. War crimes law is well understood. You don’t go around murdering babies. There’s no legal justification anywhere in the world for that.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

1:33

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “German Civilians and the Holocaust,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 17, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/589.