That is bigot!
Peiper KNEW but even his minimal involvment as an adjutant makes him a criminal but Stauffenberg KNEW too and him FIGHTING actively for the system as an officer in the field makes him somehow NOT a criminal...ah ja....
I have no idea what you're trying to say. How am I being bigoted? Bigoted against Peiper because he was a member of the SS? I can and would happily cite numerous instances where the guys wearing the eagle on their sleeves behaved with great chivalry, honor, decency whereas the guys wearing it above their right breast pocket were bloody butchers unworthy of the uniform.
Oh, and I have not referred to Adjutant Peiper as a criminal in this thread.
Being an officer in the field, braving the bullets and the bombs, and being grievously wounded in Tunisia-- no, I don't see that as criminal conduct.
Of course, Peiper was a bona fide war hero in his own right- one simply did not receive those decorations without being incredibly brave; but his duties on Himmler's staff, even if they weren't that significant in the grand scheme of things, were concerned with a criminal undertaking that had nothing to do with the courage he exhibited on the battlefield. Still, I really wish we had some in-depth data on what exactly he did as Himmler's adjutant. At this point, I can only speculate- I just know that he was THERE, with HH, while the Reichsfuehrer was directing his "war" in Russia.
"I am a historian before I am a Christian; my object is simply to find out how the things actually occurred."
~Leopold von Ranke, 19th Century German Historian