Dealing with War
War time is hell no matter how a soldier experiences it. The numerous violent deaths and wounds that survivors have witnessed seems unbearable to me. Knowing how war affects people and along with the ideology of fighting till success or failure that Hitler had established within Germany, German commanders would break down the spirit of the soldiers as much as possible. Their mission in taking away the soldiers’ pride was to have them follow orders without question. When I was thinking about this circumstance, I thought that this was extremely inhumane to put the soldiers through before they even were at the front lines. However, how does one prepare a person for hell, and to follow orders throughout hell no matter what might be occurring at the time? I don’t know the answer to that question because I have not been in combat before, and can only imagine what it is like for a soldier.
When the German soldiers were in war zones, some used interesting methods to cope with what was going on before their eyes. One particular soldier used his video recorder to capture the entire destruction that was going on around him. He reports, “I was interested in everything. People take photos of trees, etc… and I was doing the very same thing. Even if you think differently today, that was interesting to us, somehow” (1) I feel that this was necessary for him to do this to keep sane with the world around him. By taking pictures of the experience, I feel that it takes one’s mind off the destruction at hand, and puts a tourist perspective on the events. Now I’m not saying that there should be enjoyment out of war. I am saying that coping needs to take the mind off of negative aspect of killing other humans in time of war, otherwise serious mental problems are likely to occur.
(1) Mein Krieg. Directed by Harriet Eder. Kino on Video, 1997. Film.
Unkown photographer, Wikipedia, (German Federal Archive), 1942. Web. 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Germany#/media/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-B22436,_Russland,_Kampf_um_Stalingrad,_Ruinen.jpg