What’s the most horrible fact that almost nobody knows about the Second World War?

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Mudassir Ali 8 months 1 Answer 105 views

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  1. There are many horrible facts that meet this criteria. But to me, the most horrible is the fact that, aside from the well-known extermination camps run by the Nazis, there were others, run by Nazi-supported puppet governments in the Balkans, in which methods of mass slaughter were used that horrified even the Nazis.

    Jasenovac, in what is now Croatia, is sometimes called the “Auschwitz of the Balkans.” Yet to even call it that is to miss the point. There, in just FOUR MONTHS in mid-1941, the government operated the most horrific summer camp in human history, and all just for the sheer fun of it. Over 600,000 Serbs, Bosniaks, Jews, Roma (commonly known as gypsies) and opponents of the puppet government were tortured and slain, in dozens of grisly and sadistic ways. That summer, hammers, mallets, axes, shovels, maces, scythes, and other farm tools became sporting equipment for the guards, in what was, literally, a recreational bloodsport – and the prisoners provided plenty of blood. Guards regularly held competitions to see which could kill the most prisoners in a given amount of time, often using a specially-designed glove with a razor knife known as srbosjek or “Serb-killer.” Teams of guards would use these and other implements to slaughter thousands in just a few hours.

    Other competitions involved which guard could devise – then demonstrate – the most gruesome means of death possible. Here, speed and efficiency were not the specific criteria. Instead, it might be torture, humiliation, ridicule – and to make their deaths as excruciatingly painful as possible. Elderly women were doused with diesel fuel, then set ablaze, just for laughs. Prisoners would be bound together with ropes, then set upon by packs of dogs, rats, or even pigs. One regular “game” involved guards tossing children and infants into the air, then trying to catch them with spears when they fell. Prisoners’ eyeballs were often scooped out, and a hideous fad involved guards stringing eyeballs together, then wearing the result around their necks. Some guards forced prisoners to harvest the eyeballs of children, then creating the necklaces themselves to give to the guards. Jasenovac had once been a brickyard, and the main kiln was the focal point of many of the activities….such as herding a dozen or more children into the kiln, locking them in, then firing it up, roasting them alive, as members of their families were forced to watch. Or, at least those who still had eyeballs could watch.

    Well, I could go on, but you get the idea. There were just too many such activities than can possible be described here. The whole purpose was to make human suffering, torture, and death the centerpiece of the most hideous summer camp in human history.

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