Part of Wilfred Kemsley’s Anthology exploring the Nature of the Holocaust, and its impact on the modern world.
A dictator dictates and creates a statement
To induce a nation into a state of spies
And a corrupt institution
Not corrupt but efficient
Efficiency should not be mixed with feelings
Or emotive reasoning
But it is plain to see
from the same seats that you and me sit
What this idea could be or would be yet.
Taught from across borders
Because foreign lands will not remain foreign under a new reign or order
That fought for the right to control the sort of
Small aspects of life or living quarters
But you were just following orders
Join the SS and progress
Through the ranks of society and social process
Become the subject of an empire that you can shape and subdue
To become your vessel of success
Join for men to marry of wives to carry
Join to see the world and travel happy
Knowing that you are serving your sovereign nation
Serving your country
Did you join for Genocide?
No, you joined for a better life.
You joined for all the right reasons
But were any of the reasons right?
Now don’t you be so quick to judge
it was flee or fight
But to take flight would mean abandoning my home
There was no end in sight.
There was no finish line
I joined for good money, and to see the sights
Post me to Paris,
To visit france and all it carries
I was just a tourist,
I didn’t want to kill, I wanted happiness
I was only serving my country follow orders or be shot
It wasn’t one man’s wrong decision, it was a lot
Some say that I was brainwashed
But i don’t think i was?
I was doing what was right
For my country, for my Reich
For my friends and my family
They just wanted to be fine, more than fine
We were the chosen people
We were divine, Right?
I was only following orders
I didn’t march them through the snow because I wanted it for them
Did they really feel the same emotions as me?
That’s not what I was told
My orders were simple
Yes, I knew it was cold
What could I have done
Started a revolution? What for fun?
See my family be driven to the death camps for what?
Where could I have run?
I was earning a living for my wife
I was protecting my son
I was only following orders
To kill, or to join the slaughter
I didn’t sign up for murder
I signed up out of boredom
Or to serve my country
I was told that was was the greatest thing that I could do!
Look me in the eye and say you’d act differently if it was you
Because we know the truth
Does that make you evil?
No! That’s not what it did to them
These were actions undertaken by more than just a few men
Does this excuse their actions? Of course not
But we must look to understand the orders that were followed
They weren’t all monsters
That’s what we forgot
They just followed their orders,
And the men above them followed theirs.
Maybe next time we can spot the orders
That are much more than unfair.
They were following there orders
That’s what many of them said
And this was true,
Though some did believe in the system they were part of then
Orders were orders
Their motivations were mixed
We do not seek to forgive
But to understand and fix
Fix the problems faced by a socially constructed society
Driven to the suicide of morals and humanity
These are my orders
To anyone who would care to listen
Men are capable of all hell
We will stop the orders from ever being given