In The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-1945, historian Nicholas Stargardt methodically tears down any pretense that Germans weren’t aware of war atrocities and the Holocaust.
“Many of the soldiers who witnessed such events across Poland took rolls of photographs, which they sent home to be developed and printed,” he writes. “In this way, a visual record passed through the hands of parents, wives and photographic assistants before being returned to the ‘execution tourists’ in Poland.”
Later in the war, Soviet soldiers “found thousands of images of killing sites in the uniform pockets of German prisoners and dead.” Germans began opining as early as 1943 that Allied bombing raids on their cities were retaliation for the murder of Jews. Read more about the book at the Dallas Morning News.