During the war, the Nazis arrested large groups of people for a variety of reasons. A lot of people went into hiding. Mainly those people were Jews, members of the resistance and people who had been called up to work in Germany. The so called Arbeitseinsatz. They hid in attics, basements, or other secret hiding places. Farms in the country side were a favortie hiding spot due to the lower frequency of control by the occupier. For example, huts were dug in nature reserves. Because food and clothing are rationed, people in hiding need help from others to provide them with basic necessities. There are severe penalties for helping people in hiding. Also a lot of the people in hiding were betrayed by fellow countrymen.
There were severe penalties for resisting German authorities. Resistance fighters were captured, imprisoned, tortured or executed without trial. Some were sent to concentration camps where the living conditions were appaling. The German occupier also took retaliatory measures. Innocent civilians or prisoners were rounded up and executed to avenge acts of resistance and to deter resistance fighters. Bystanders are obliged to watch these innocent people being murdered to give a message.
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