It's well known that in schools bullying is to a large degree motivated by peer pressure.  What is less well known is that peer pressure was a primary motive for Nazi soldiers to follow orders commanding them to commit atrocities.

Graber in his book, Caravans to Oblivion wrote about this as follows:

Yet from other sources we know that the main impetus to following such orders is peer pressure.  This emerges clearly from interviews conducted by American and British psychologists with former German SS troops after World War II.  The troops followed orders because they were anxious not to be seen as letting their buddies down.  

 

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