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Georges Blind, a member of the French resistance, smiling at a German firing squad, October 1944

smiling at a German firing squad

In the end, this turned out to be a mock execution intended to make him talk. Also it was staged for intimidation of other resistance fighters. He was forwarded to a concentration camp, where he was selected for termination on arrival, dying some time in late November 1944.

This was done to intimidate and let people in occupied Europe not to mess with the Germans. The Germans thought the best way to fight resistance movements was to be utterly brutal in putting it down. If a village housed ‘a few’ fighters, they would just take out the whole village. They had whole SS squads dedicated to this. They would also incorporate any local police forces, so they had a good lay of the land and a line to insider info. A lot of these local police forces helped the Germans because they were so scared themselves and got some preferential treatment. | source | image credit

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Written by Tyler Ashby

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