BC: Life As An SS Officer By Jon George
FC: Life As An SS Officer | 1940-1942
1: Jan 25, 1940- The SS chooses the town of Oswiecim, Poland (now known as Auschwitz) as the site of a concentration camp. April 9, 1940- The Nazis, headed by the SS, invade Norway and Denmark. | May 10, 1940- The Nazis, headed by the SS, invade France, Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium. All of which have a high Jewish population. June 14, 1940- The Nazis capture Paris. This is a very large victory for Nazi Germany.
2: September 27, 1940- The Axis Pact is signed by Italy, Japan, and Germany. This is one of the main turning points in the war for these powers. | March 7, 1941- Jews are ordered to do forced labor within the camps.
3: Summer, 1941- The SS is ordered to commence the “Final Solution”. Himmler chooses Auschwitz as the site of this “Final Solution. This is a major event in SS history, as it was the most important order ever carried out under Hitler's command. | July, 1941- The SS conducts the genocide of the Jews.
4: 1942 – The staff of concentration camps becomes members of the SS. This is a drastic change to the previous structure of the SS, and with this massive addition of officers, the Nazi Party grows much stronger. | September 3, 1941- The SS uses gas on Jews housed in Auschwitz for the first time. This date is very important, as it is one of the early uses of Schutzstaffel’s murder weapon. December 11, 1941 – Hitler declares war on the United States. Due to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan (Germany's ally) is at war with the U.S. This is the first time the SS have to deal with an enemy not based in Europe.
5: This article discusses the treatment of the citizens of Norway, as well as the jurisdiction of the SS/Germans.
6: This news article informs the reader of how the Schutzstaffel (SS) operated in Czech affairs.
7: Two other Nazi-related news clippings from 1941.
8: This news article from the 1940s discusses the emergence of the Schutzstaffel, or SS, as an "independent unit of the German military organization."
9: Dear Mother, It has been quite some time since I last wrote to you. This war is terrible, I deeply regret joining the German military, let alone the SS! Monitoring this concentration camp is grueling and heartbreaking. However, I must stay strong. For Hitler's cruelty towards the Jews will strike fear in anyone's eyes, mine included. I am doing fine mother, take care. Much Love, Niklas
10: Dear Niklas, You haven't been staying in contact with your family these last few months, so I figured that I would write to you, to remind you that we are all hoping everything is going well for you and for our great German army. What is the word on the promotion the higher ranking SS had promised you? Write back soon with your answer, Niklas! We all truly miss you! Olga
11: August 17, 1941: I have witnessed all of the happenings in this God forsaken camp. Each and every gas chamber filled with Jews, all of the cremations, every cruel act Hitler wishes for the other officers and I to carry out with forever be implanted in my mind. I do not know what to make of my life now, as I must live the rest of my life knowing that I helped fuel Hitler's campaign of hatred toward the Jews and any other "inferior" being. I've been getting more and more tired over the last week, hopefully I will be able to sleep tonight...
12: These two symbols are key artifacts regarding SS history. The above insignia is the symbol for the Schutzstaffel itself. The insignia below is a common Nazi insignia, a swastika is present within it.
13: The letter to the left is an actual war letter, written by an SS Officer in 1943. It is very important, as very few know what is was like to be a Nazi. This cap is a piece of an SS Officer's uniform. As one can see, there is a large difference between a soldier's uniform and one from the SS. This cap signifies the power the SS has over others.
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