I surrendered my moral conscience to the fact that I was a soldier, and therefore a cog in a relatively low position of a great machine.
Quoted in "Unspeakable: Facing Up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror" - Page 92 - by Os Guinness - 2005
There were a large number of Jews who held more favorable positions than they should have, according to their percentage of the population. Germans should have held those positions.Otto Ohlendorf
In the child, we see the grown-up. I see the problem differently.Otto Ohlendorf
Those Jews stood up, were lined up, and were shot in true military fashion. I saw to it that no atrocities or brutalities occurred.Otto Ohlendorf
There was no distinction made between Gypsies and Jews, the same order applied to both.Otto Ohlendorf
The treatment of the Germans by the Allies was at least as bad as the shooting of those Jews. The bombing of cities with men, women, and children burning with phosphorus - these things were all done by the Allies.Otto Ohlendorf
Because to me it is inconceivable that a subordinate leader should not carry out orders given by the leaders of the State.Otto Ohlendorf