Thank you Sepp, for your comment! I think it's easy, especially when people are younger, to just see the famous, the scary, the flashy side of WWII (or any war, for that matter)... Knight's Cross bearers, tank aces, fighter pilots, heavy tanks etc. When it's really about real human beings killing other real human beings for some ??? reasons... The Human backside of war is the reality/tragedy for nearly all participants, aggressors and victims alike.
And Helmut, yes that is an often seen photograph... I don't really agree that playing with a Kitten shows a persons "human" side! (Not saying that a Waffen-SS soldier couldn't have a "human" side). Personally I think that the value of this particular photograph is the duality of the Kitten and the Egg handgrenade... What are these Estonian SS-Grenadiers really playing with...?
(Cheap philosophing maybe, but still...