get link For example, in April , at least 1, Germans killed themselves and others within 72 hours as the Red Army neared the East German town of Demmin. Three distinct periods of suicides have been identified between January and May when thousands of German people took their own lives. Life Magazine reported that: "In the last days of the war the overwhelming realization of utter defeat was too much for many Germans.
Stripped of the bayonets and bombast which had given them power, they could not face a reckoning with either their conquerors or their consciences. There were several reasons some Germans decided to end their lives in the last months of the war. First, by , Nazi propaganda had created fear among some sections of the population about the impending military invasion of their country by the Soviets or Western Allies. Information films from the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda repeatedly chided audiences about why Germany must not surrender, telling the people they faced the threat of torture, rape, and death in defeat.
These fears were not groundless, as many Germans were raped , mostly by Soviet soldiers, although many by Western Allied soldiers also. The number of rapes is disputed, but was certainly considerable — hundreds of thousands of incidents, according to most Western historians.
Secondly, many Nazis had been indoctrinated in unquestioning loyalty to the party and with it its cultural ideology of preferring death over living in defeat. Finally, others killed themselves because they knew what would happen to them following defeat. The Soviets, Americans and the British had made it clear in , with the Moscow Declaration , that all those considered war criminals would face judgment. Many party officials and military personnel were, therefore, aware they would face severe punishment for their conduct during the war.
The scale of the suicide waves suggests that fear and anxiety were common motivations. Brand new Book.
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