In the former Soviet Union twenty million people were killed during WWII. Hitler’s order in dealing with the Russians was, “Scruples of any sort are a crime against the German people.” Both the human and animal populations suffered starvation, and death. Is it any wonder the Soviets had such hatred for the invading Germans and all things German? Could a German shepherd expect mercy when it was the favored dog of the Nazis throughout the war, when even Hitler himself had chosen one as a pet? Not likely.