I’ve always been struck by the disconnect between the massive evil perpetrated under the Nazi regime with just how painfully, normally human those same individuals were, even in the midsts of committing the most horrific crime against humanity we’ve ever seen.
The New York Times shares images from a photo album that belonged to an Auschwitz officer who served at the camp up until just weeks before it was liberated. What’s so striking is not that the photos detail the horror, but rather the mundane routine of the soldiers.
We’re so much more comfortable with the mustache-twirling evil that we all too often forget that it’s not fate or nature that makes us capable of such evil. It’s just circumstance.