Why, Erik, all the posturing and hyperbole on YOUR part? The bit about Himmler's driver, and clerk-typist...? And the sarcastic use of "the Devil" re: Peiper for merely being there.
It's all a matter of personal opinion on my part, and therefore not of much value to any forum, but my take on Peiper is- I was always willing to give him the benefit of the substantial doubt about Malmedy. But knowing now that he was right in the middle of a command whose primary purpose during 1941/42 was the extermination of multitudes of innocent people- that just makes me think he was likely a very callous, less-than-humane individual. Not necessarily deserving of the rope, but not someone I'd like to have a beer with either. I think a true soldier- my conception of one, anyway- would have resigned his commission and accepted the consequences thereof after that visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau in '42. I think it almost stands to reason that he didn't object or resign because he approved of it. Now people can say all they want that I'm projecting my own beliefs on people of an entirely different time and place, but I think these beliefs have their origins in another hemisphere several thousand years ago. The fact that he may have believed that the extermination of the Jewish people was in the best interests of the Reich does not make it so, and does not make his views- if indeed such were his views- any less repugnant to me.
The following- excerpted from Richard Breitman's The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution, p. 95- might give a small [very small, unfortunately, but still interesting] glimpse into Peiper's views (this is based on interrogations of the Tibet researcher of Ahnenerbe, SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Ernst Schaefer, dated 1 April 1947, NA RG 238/ M-1019/R 62/636-38; and 12 Feb. 1946, NA RG 238, M-1270/R 27/192):
"In late January  Himmler took a train trip on 'Heinrich' to Przemysl with an entourage large enough to require a second railcar: his chief of staff, Karl Wolff; his office manager, Rudolf Brandt; his bodyguard and adjutant; his favorite poet, Hanns Johst; his Tibet expert, Ernst Shaefer; and several others. During the trip Himmler's young adjutant Jochen Peiper told Schaefer that Hitler had entrusted Himmler with the extermination of the Polish intelligentsia, and that Himmler had even taken part in one execution [maybe a false recollection by Schaefer or an embellishment by Peiper, but I doubt this is true/Mike]. Afterward, Peiper claimed, Himmler had not spoken for several days. Peiper also talked of the incident in which Ludolf von Alvensleben had executed his own relatives; they would all look at the potatoes from underneath, Peiper commented gaily..."
"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