Of course, it’s actually a very positive thing to have a sense or duty or even honor. But the Nazis completely distorted these values. What does duty mean for a general in the final phase of the Reich? To keep fighting until everything is in ruins? Or to issue the order to surrender?

Historian Ian Kershaw answers this and many other questions about Germany and WWII in his latest book ‘The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945‘.