Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul
Adolf Hitler had millions of people killed, but he loved his dog Blondi. How do you reconcile a love of animals and racial fanaticism? A new book looks at a facet of history that has largely gone unexplored. Near the city of Weimar, just a stone’s throw away from the Buchenwald concentration camp crematorium, monkeys swung around in cages in a small zoo, birds chirped in aviaries, there were brown bears and a goldfish pond. The zoo was intended to provide “diversion and entertainment” for the men who spent their lunch break here, wrote concentration camp commander Karl Koch, who opened the menagerie in 1938, financed by extorted “donations” from prisoners.