A Research Guide for Students by I Lee

Autobiography of Carl Kaas

A Member of the Dutch Underground in World War II

Chapter 93: A Killer Among Us

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All members in the resistance were not always honorable persons. I believe I mentioned before we had a communist. I think he was brain washed into believing all the hog wash. Karl Marx promised they would be living in paradise if the workers seized power. I forgave him.

I was thinking about our unit leader. When cease fire was declared, we still had all our weapons and nobody to kill any more. To some people this must have been a terrible disappointment. What were you gonna do? For weeks you have been sitting in hiding waiting for the day for the order to blast them away, and now peace. This was frustrating. There must be something or someone out there our leader could prove how tough he was. So he went out looking for a victim, and before too long he found one.

This was the way I believe it went. A railway worker whose life was rail roading and this was his yard, who with the rest of them had been in hiding on orders from the resistance, came out now that the war was over, to see what was left of his beloved work place. With the Germans in hiding now, he felt safe again. Not so.

While he walked around with both hands in his pockets, a shot rang out and the man was dead.

When I heard about it, I went with another fellow to find out if it was really true. Indeed there was a man lying between the tracks, face down, his hands along his sides, it must have been instant, it appeared that he never had time to protect his face in the fall.

Yes, it was our leader who killed this man. I and others with me felt very angry and frustrated at this criminal act just to satisfy his sadistic ego. Nothing we could possibly do at that time - we were the law - and he was our commander.

Related Quotations:

● In reference to the 20th Century: "It has been the worst of all centuries, with more of war, more of man's inhumanity to man, more of conflict and trouble than any other century in the history of the world." ~ Gordon B. Hinckley, 1999.

● "Many and sharp the num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves,
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, -
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!" ~ Robert Burns: Man was made to mourn: A Dirge, 1784.

● "Man's inhumanity to man is as old as humanity itself. Some people just do evil things. Most do not." ~ Kurt Sutter.

● "Inhumanity is the keynote of stupidity in power." ~ Alexander Berkman: Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist.

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