Unformatted text preview: would die anyway (to be killed by other men, or, in the case of children, die because of the absences of their mothers). The major problem the battalion faced, as Browning points out, was not “the ethically and politically grounded opposition of a few but the broad demoralization.” Even those who did not choose to step down at any time still felt “resentment and bitterness.” The subsequent actions were better devised and removed this flaw: the bulk of the killing was moved to the extermination camp instead, and the on-spot killing was left for the Trawnikis to carry out. This way, the men of the Reserve Police Battalion 101 had the chance to get used to participating in the genocidal program, and when the time came to actually kill, they became “increasingly efficient and calloused executioners.”...
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- David Irving, Extermination camp, Reserve Police Battalion, Christopher Browning, politically grounded opposition