There is a fascinating interview here with who is believed to be the last living survivor from the Nazi leadership’s inner circle - a secretary (now 105 years old) for the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
But Pomsel is unrepentant. As she holds court, gesticulating wildly, with a broad grin on her face, it seems as if she even takes something restorative from her insistence that she simply acted the same way as most other Germans.
“Those people nowadays who say they would have stood up against the Nazis – I believe they are sincere in meaning that, but believe me, most of them wouldn’t have.” After the rise of the Nazi party, “the whole country was as if under a kind of a spell,” she insists. “I could open myself up to the accusations that I wasn’t interested in politics but the truth is, the idealism of youth might easily have led to you having your neck broken.”
... It was the day after Hitler’s birthday in 1945 that her life as she knew it came to an abrupt halt. Goebbels and his entourage were ordered to join Hitler in his subterranean air raid shelter – the so-called Führerbunker – during the last days of the war. “It felt as if something inside me had died,” says Pomsel. “We tried to make sure we didn’t run out of alcohol. That was urgently needed in order to retain the numbness.” She lifts an index finger as she takes pains to tell events in their right order, recalling how Goebbels’ assistant Günther Schwägermann came with the news on 30 April that Hitler had killed himself, followed a day later by Goebbels. “We asked him: ‘And his wife as well?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘And the children?’ ‘And the children too.’” She bows her head and shakes it as she adds: “We were dumbstruck.” [Goebbels wife, Magda murdered her 6 children before committing suicide with her husband]
There are some hard lessons to be gleaned here:
- Sin's end is never good; left to its own, it ultimately destroys everything and everyone that it touches.
- An unrepentant heart will always justify itself no matter how horrific the actions may have been.
- As noted here in 2015, some evil (the Third Reich is a good example) is beyond redemption and must be destroyed to prevent further carnage.
- As Jesus said in Matt 21:44, when referring to Himself as the 'cornerstone' "And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”. Either we come to Him in repentant faith and let Him break our heart hardened by sin - or His fearsome judgment will one day crush us.