[quote=“wallstreeter43, post:3, topic:38580”]
Germans knew it was wrong
[/quote]I’m not so sure issues of moral relativity were in the front of German peoples minds at the time (now “deep down”, as you said, maybe), but later those moral issues hit them in the face, particularly when Eisenhower had a German community forced to view the horrors of a concentration camp.
But in the beginning, when Hitler was on his rise to power, inflation was high, unemployment was high, and the lot of the Germans was generally miserable. Hitler offered to provide employment (and even state funded vacations for workers), make the mark stable (though that was done by some dubious sleight of hand by his Finance Minister), and bring the Germans into prosperity (geee, where have we heard THAT recently?).
So, that was the initial motivation for the Germans to place Hitler in power. No excuse for what followed, nevertheless it is more understandable than just electing a monster. Of course, they later found out that their savior was indeed a monster. (The parallels to now are uncanny.)
It is frequently asked, “How could the Germans have placed a monster like that in power?” And the frequent answer is, “They HAD to be morally bankrupt.” While that may have been true “deep down inside”, there was a more practical and expedient reason at the time: the Germans just wanted to get out of the swamp, and saw Hitler’s economic policies as doing that!
When you’re busy draining the swamp you’re in, the last thing you notice is that you’re digging a hole for yourself.