I’ve had to step away from the site and videos for most of this year because it was beyond draining to my mental health. I came back just today and the most recent War Against Humanity is causing near tears in it’s…there’s no use in weeping for the long dead but, but Christ…
So here’s my real question, I’m not remotely interested in international legalities nor issues of personal honor nor Kantian dentological crap. I’ve always been upfront I’ve been doing this as partial research for a story I want to write. So I got my German General main character who over the course of 1942 and the beginning of 1943 has finally seen the mask of sanity finally come off. He’s now utterly convinced that whatever Lucifer did to himself to become Satan, these men he’s worked for and with have done it to themselves. They have become what he calls demons in the flesh, not possessed, but wearing human skin as is their right as human entities in the same way Lucifer can still appear as the angel of light he once was.
But this is now a charade on a spiritual level, They have given up whatever makes a human truly human to lust after their own desires. He’s not scared of the Allies, he’s not even scared of God’s wrath for helping them. He’s praying night and day God will give him some way to atone to save somebody, anybody he can.
He’s not interested in resigning: the German people are in mortal peril for all sides now, and more importantly he doesn’t want an enthusiast like von Reichenau getting his command and REALLY helping the SS do their awful things.
What could a German general do to protect civilians in his area from the ravages of the SS? In any year, any theater, as long as it doesn’t get them cashiered and put on Fuhrer’s reserve so a more willing facilitator can be found. So a general of sufficient rank pulled strings to get say Robert Dorsey disappeared to the East front under his command or some of the German soldiers sentenced to death for political offenses. Anything to staunch the flow of human sacrifice to these demons of their own ego.
Naturally being part of the German resistance is going to be a part of this, but this character is in near suicidal despair. He really wanted to free the people of Russia and couldn’t imagine the Nazis living up to their rhetoric and then even worse because…because decent people can’t imagine what their social ranks are capable of until they actually do it.
Victory no longer matters, survival for himself no longer matters, he must put right whatever he can. Assume he’s in the in between where Belorussia and Ukraine meet. Can he ‘conscript’ surviving Jewish ghettos into corvee labor for the army (making sure they aren’t worked to death), can he keep the SS out of his sector because their own counter-partisan ops make the problem WORSE.
What can he do? And don’t be flippant and say resign or retreat because that’s instant game over and any ability he has to intervene in the slaughter is gone. What can he do to save lives right now.