Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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After the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, the bodies were buried in mass graves. SS prison guards were forced by British soldiers to load bodies into trucks. Note the British soldiers in the background with Stan submachine guns and Lee-Enfield rifles.

 

The prison guards were part of the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV), an independent unit within the SS with its own rank and command structure.

 

The entire training of the SS-Totenkopfverbände was based on elitism, rigor and companionship, along with a rule of ruthless discipline. While the Totenkopf (English: Death's Head) was the universal cap badge of the SS, the SS-TV also wore the insignia on the right collar to distinguish itself from other SS units.

 

One of the unique aspects of the Holocaust was the forceful orchestration and round-up, documentation, and ensuring that every Jew within the conquered Nazi territory was executed.