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Read the chapters in Shirer on the initial response of Russian civilians to the advancing Wehrmacht.

They initially greeted them with roses. And quite honestly, many of the first line troops of the German army were good Christians who were opposed to the official atheism of the Soviet State. So they allowed civilians to re-open some of the churches that had been closed by the atheist policies of the State.

But then..... behind the front lines came the Nazis in the rear-guard, the ones who "corrected" the mistaken liberal policies of overzealous Wehrmacht officers.

Followed by the Einsatzgruppen...the Mobile Killing Units, which lined up the newly freed Russian peasants by the village-full... and shot them.

By the way.... the Einsatzgruppen had the highest percentage of PhDs of any militarized units in the German war machine.

.... Proving, once again, that more than a good education is needed to tame the savage beast that beats within each of our breasts.
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