The myth that the Nazi-era German armed forces, the Wehrmacht, was not involved in war crimes persisted for decades after the war. Now two German researchers have destroyed it once and for all. Newly published conversations between German prisoners of war, secretly recorded by the Allies, reveal horrifying details of violence against civilians, rape and genocide.
[…] There are always reasons given for killing. Sometimes the reason can be as simple as someone not walking to the other side of the street quickly enough or not handing over an item right away.
Zotlöterer: “I shot a Frenchman from behind. He was riding a bicycle.”
Weber: “At close range?”
Heuser: “Did he want to take you prisoner?”
Zotlöterer: “Nonsense. I wanted the bicycle.”
Der Spiegel, Jan Fleischhauer: “Nazi War Crimes as Described by German Soldiers”.