Tattling, blabbing…denouncing. Seems with every riff in the status quot there is a battle for information; those who can keep it and those who can give it. Those who can give the information tend to survive longer even if surviving means giving up your best friends or family. As talked about in class the Nazis would encourage the German public to denounce their friends and family to the Gestapo. There was a lot of dependence on this information which led to children being taught to denounce their own families. We think now about tattling on each other as just a way to get someone in trouble. But back then it was a way to save yourself or save your family. Children were taught to divulge any information they could gather to the authorities. Many people suffered because of this and it makes you wonder if more people would have been saved if people didn’t tell or if more would have been hurt for not providing information. Keeping secrets has become a lost art and its almost like we have been brought up to so to speak “spill the beans”. Information is the key to success and seems to be the way to get what you want. If you don’t have information on the person(s) against you then there is no point in going up against them.
Woman Being Interviewed by the Gestapo.
“The Beginnings of the Vilna Community.” German Occupation – June 1941. Accessed November 9, 2015. http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/vilna/during/german_occupation