No Responsibility Needed
Even with all the evidence of Nazi war crimes, many former members of the regime either deny it happened or refuse to accept any responsibility, citing duty as a soldier and that they were just following orders from the Fuhrer. There have been numerous times when many have denied the holocaust as well as refusing to accept that any crimes were committed. Many who grew up in the generation that the Nazis were in power did not know any better. They had been so infused with Nazi ideology that they believed what they were doing was right. This was particularly true of Hitler’s commanders.
An example of this is when General Keitel is being questioned by General Rudenko at the Nuremberg Trials.  At the end he declares, “I have stated here that I was a loyal and obedient soldier of my Fuehrer. And I do notthink that there are generals in Russia who do not give Marshal Stalin implicit obedience.” General Rudenko was left astounded that Keitel and other commanders refused to accept any responsibility for any of the crimes committed.
Another instance is when Rudolf Hess makes his final statement prior to sentencing.  He states, “If I were to begin all over again, I would act just as I have acted, even if I knew that in the end I should meet a fiery death at the stake. No matter what human beings may do, I shall some day stand before the judgment seat of the Eternal. I shall answer to Him, and I know He will judge me innocent.”
This also is reminiscent in what the one common soldier said at the end of Mein Krieg.  He says that he has a clear conscience and does not regret what he did. This just goes to show that some of the brain washing the Nazis had done to the generation coming of age in the 30s and 40s are irreversible and they would always believe what they had been indoctrinated on.
 Wilhelm Keitel. Testimony of War Crimes. April 5-6, 1946.
 Rudolf Hess, Final Statement. August 31, 1946.
 Eder, Harriet and Thomas Rufus. Mein Krieg. 1990.