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Ordinary People and the Crimes Against Humanity

Reaction of the Common People to Nazism
Many saw the world through Nazi eyes and spoke their mind in Nazi language.

At the sight of the Jews hatred and anger surged in the people.

They marked the houses of the Jews and reported about suspicious neighbours.

They believed that Nazism would bring prosperity and general well-being.

A large majority of Germans were passive onlookers and were scared to differ or protest.

Charlotte Beradt in her book Third Reich of Dreams wrote that the Jews themselves began to believe the Nazi stereotypes about them. They dreamt of their hooked noses, black hair and eyes, Jewish looks and body movements. Their images published in the Nazi press haunted them and troubled them even in their dreams. The Jews died many a death before they reached the gas chambers.

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