Why is the Commissar Order considered a war crime? They were killing the people that maintained the political indoctrination of the USSR in a war setting, didn’t they deserve to die?

Mudassir Ali 10 months 1 Answer 140 views

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  1. It’s a war crime, because they lost the war. Atrocities were committed from the Soviet’s side as well, and because they were fed with propaganda many lacked conscience or remorse for the crimes they had committed like the rape of millions of German women, not to mention persecution of women, children, elders from countries like Estonia, and Latvia.

    Indiscriminatory bombing, which the Allies implemented on German civilians also go unquestioned, when it is CLEARLY a war crime. This is an intentional killing of CIVILIANS, which you can consider to be worse than POWs (who have likely committed atrocities before).

    Indoctrinating common people is the vilest thing a fellow human being can do to one another. The Soviet’s strategic choice to have political commissars in the army not only pushed soldiers to spy on and report families of their brothers-in-arms, it also pushed men to give up their humanity and commit horrible deeds, just like how they perceived their enemies to be – brainwashed killing machines.

    An Estonian film “1944” is just one of many films divulging the inhumanity political commissars demonstrate. From the 7:16 mark, you’ll see how the commissar orders men to kill POWs mostly of the age 16, who had been captured by the Germans and forced to become conscripts.

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