Male Bonding and Shame Culture: Hitler's Soldiers

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Title: Male Bonding and Shame Culture: Hitler's Soldiers
Creators: Kuehne, Thomas
Keywords: World War II
male bonding
Issue Date: 2005-04-20
Publisher: Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Abstract: The soldiers of the Wehrmacht were involved in the worst crimes in the history of humanity, yet they carried on Total War for almost six years. Admittedly, they did so for the most part under catastrophic living conditions, struggling merely to survive; but we look in vain for any sign that collective protest or collective rejection of the war was being planned on a broad social basis. The cohesion of the Wehrmacht and its military efficiency remained unbroken until Germany's capitulation. Why? Why did so many get involved - and stay involved?
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