Suspected SS guard, 95, confronted over WW2 claims
The real takeaway is not that these men might have done great evil, but that all humans can do precisely the evil alleged here. That must be fundamentally understood, accepted, and each of us must work daily to make sure we never allow that evil to flourish and ultimately to control us. That is the failure which led to the horrors of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, the USSR, Maoist China, and many other atrocities.
We like to believe we would be the hero but that is unlikely for the average man today as it was for the average man during any of these atrocities. The consequence for such a stand are too severe.
20th Century Democide