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7 the war seemed to touch every aspect of irmgards

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Unformatted text preview: promises and into his evil motives. The anti- Semitism, Concentration camps, Hitler’s self- conceit, Hitler’s insistence on micromanaging Germany, the draft of thousands (resulting in the loss of loved ones), and the poor economy are all reasons that people would decide not to join the Nazi party. The refusal to join the Nazi’s would not come without significant consequences. To stand up against the Nazi’s or even to quietly disagree was to welcome all sorts of dangers. Irmgard’s granddad, who was very openly anti- Nazi, was seemingly always on the verge of being in trouble with the Nazis. Hunt recalls being questioned by a Nazi informative about her grandfather as a young child. Luckily she gave the right answers, but had she been honest her grandfather would likely have been declared an enemy of the state and sent to a concentration camp.5 On one 5 Ibid., 157 3 occasion Irmgard’s grandfather sums up how he feels about Hitler, he calls him “a fly- by night, no- good, maniac who had seduced the German people and addled their collective minds and would ultimately betray them.”6 It turns out that he was exactly right. On top of the risk of being sent to a concentration camp the vast majority of Germany looked down on people that were thought to disagree with the Nazi party. As if the pressure from society and government was not enough, the Nazi’s would ban you from working if you were...
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