You do know that Pope Benedict XVI was put in a Concentration Camp because he would not join the Hitler Youth, don't you?!?(he turned 18 just as the war was ending) Sure it was not the same type of Concentration Camps the Jews were sent to, but it was a CC just the same.
Like all other 13 year olds he was required to be a Nazi Youth but I do not know how many events he attended. But he was imprisoned in a work camp because he was not fully participating. I think he had gone to a seminarian school in his late teens. But even if he had, I would not have held that against him.<quoted text>
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe Ratzinger was sent to a concentration camp. I do know that he did join the Hitler Youth in 1941. Did he ever leave it? Was he put in a concentration camp on account of his leaving? Please enlighten us on this, the Pope's murky past.
I have met a lot of former members of the Nazi Weimark and I never held it against him. I knew an elderly gent in Mainz and we used to walk our dogs together. One day we were on the trolley together and I offered him a coffee at the local gasthous. He had been a major in a combat engineer unit and had his hand disabled trying to defuse an American land mine.
We are all called to serve our countries and that is a duty but unless you are involved in war crimes, you are an honorable warrior!