hansbroger wrote:Very much "ordinary men". Gruesome and difficult to watch but definitely one of the common techniques if not outright standard procedure of einsatzgruppen and anti partisan troops SS and otherwise (the regular army and allied auxiliaries could be particularly brutal when doing counter insurgency work as well, especially in places such as Yugoslavia).
What may seem as "overdone" or "propaganda" nowadays in this scene was actually standard methods used by Einsatzgruppen. That's what was made clear in the documentary I saw which used that scene to depict Oradour: they said it was actually made based on historical works about Einsatzgruppen, with great attention to details.
If you speak French and want to watch the documentary I'm talking about , here it is:
Une division SS en France, Das Reich
It is far from perfect (many footages from 1940 or 1941 with Panzer II or III to illustrate 1944!), but at least the parts about the massacres are well documented.
Sunshine wrote:Just put it on my list, thanks!
Little known is the fact that Guy Sajer later made a successful career as a cartoonist, under the pen name "Dimitri". He was mostly famous for "The Goulag", a humourus series about a communist French worker emigrated to USSR whom ends up in a goulag. Yet, he enjoys life there, even getting married to a female guard camp and having a kid with her, although the former becomes a child-commissar always on the back of his lazy father to turn him into a real proper Stalinian communist.
Only when a belately published his memoirs did his past became known. He later published other (very serious) comics based on his memoirs, especially "Koursk".