As we talked about major Trapp in class today I thought of another reason why Trapp stayed in his unit. To restate the discussion from class. Trapp stayed in service because he feels committed to Germany even with all of these in-human actions ordered by Hitler and the Nazi Party. He tries to rationalize why he is doing these evil acts with believing that the Jews were responsible for what happened to the Germans in that time. An example of how Trapp was different than most of his counterparts was that he gave his troops a choice to go through with the actions against the Jewish people or not.
He recognized that the actions of his troops will be horrible. Trapp also took in a ten year old Jewish girl who was hurt and bleeding in her head and said, “You shall remain alive”^1. Some people who read what Trapp did thinks what kind of person was he. Some other officers who were against the mistreatment of the Jews just quit instead. The question is why did Trapp stay? He never attended a single hunt for the Jewish people. I think a reason we did not talk about was that maybe he thought that if he resigned that a worse commander would take over and make things even worse if he stepped down. Perhaps he thought I might as well be in command here and not make a worse commander take over. He maybe thought that he could keep more peace than a different and younger leader in his unit.
- Browning, Christopher R. Ordinary Men. Lexington, KY: Harper Perennial, 2013. p. 69.