Having watched Sparty’s especially grim video on Nazi Commandants, I can’t understand the stupidity of the Nazis in creating a lawless torture mini-state. Speaking sociopathically, if you’re going to have camps full of political enemies, to contain opposition, the goal should NEVER be happy fun time for sadists, but maximum profit for the regime.
Why on earth did Himmler and Hitler allow a system that’s literally leaving money on the table via forced labor? And costing the regime money to boot! Was there any discussion on I dunno, modeling the camps on the for-profit prisoner labor system of the postbellum American South? Back then the prison-industrial complex actually made the states money and helped control labor supply and thus wages.
How were there not SS or other Nazi goons saying, “We can make serious Reichsmarks off this!” Or were there.
And I ask because at least with that kind of evil, the people in the camps would have suffered less. A dead slave doesn’t work, a sick slave doesn’t work well, nor a shivering slave nor a starving slave. I mean it’s more humane for all the wrong reasons, but least…at least it wasn’t what happened. Even before the Holocaust.
I mean, inhumane I get, these are totalitarians but this is…wasteful. Inefficient.
Did no one even suggest that there was money to be made, so great was the sadism?