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"Steinmeyer believed the concentration camps were being used for German political prisoners. As Green Nike Air Force 1 Low
a member of a combat unit, the camps were not in his remit, and he received no training there. The SS who ran the camps were from another division. Steinmeyer was trained to fight the enemy outside of Germany: "I was a soldier, not a criminal. I was committed to Hitler because he made things so much better for us. Everything was so different then. We were poor and had no prospects, but when Hitler came into power he said 'I will give you work and bread'. "THE year of Steinmeyer's birth, 1924, was an important one for the Nazis. Having served a prison sentence for attempting a coup Red Air Force 1 High Tops
e train that took us into England; the guards again intervened and asked us to come into their section. "You never forget someone who saves your life so many times. I was lucky to be captured by the Scots. Some British soldiers believed all SS had to be killed. "Steinmeyer was classified as a category "C" prisoner and dispatched to Perthshire where he was held briefly in a small camp by Crieff before being transported to Cultybraggan. His "C" designation meant that Steinmeyer was considered a hard line Nazi, completely committed to the cause and dangerous. Cultybraggan was a camp which specialised in holding those deemed too dangerous to be sent to the other, more liberal, camps that were scattered across Britain. Steinmeyer insists today, however, that he was never interested in politics, and had no knowledge of the Jewish concentration camps, saying simply: "When I was young you had two choices you joined the Nazi party or the Communists. "His devotion to Hitler was a devotion to his country, he adds. As a teenager from the small country town of Neustdtel in Silesia (now part of Poland), with only basic education, he was ignorant of the leader's extreme policies. "I was a soldier fighting for my country, like any British soldier," he says.
When evidence about the atrocities first emerged, Steinmeyer reacted with disbelief. He remembers being shown horrific photographs and film from the concentration camps as part of the "de Nazification" process that Germans underwent at the end of the war. "What we watched was so horrible that I thought it was faked and that it was propaganda. Some of the prisoners thought it was such an outlandish stunt that they even started laughing. If you were caught laughing you were grabbed and told to do exercises outside as punishment. "When I returned to Germany years Nike Air Force 1 High Outfit later I still found it extremely difficult to believe what people wrote and said about the atrocities. I felt that it was possible something might have happened, but I couldn't envisage the full extent of it. "Today Steinmeyer says he knows the Air Force Flyknit Low
truth. "It was very bad," he says, looking down. "Of course you can't treat people like that.
in Munich, Hitler returned to the political scene with a renewed vigour. His stint behind bars had deepened his political convictions.
He wrote his autobiographical political tract, Mein Kampf, while in priso.
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