Based on Friedrich Reck's description and analysis of the so-called "mass-men," to what extent are they complicit and/or culpable in the crimes of the Nazi regime?

Mass-men are complicit and/or culpable to a considerable extent in the crimes of the Nazi regime according to Reck. He regards them as the bedrock of Hitler's power because of their unthinking adherence to Nazi slogans and their lack of volition.

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As an old-fashioned country squire, living in a large castle in Bavaria, Friedrich Reck is hostile towards anything that smacks of popular government. Whether it's a Western style democracy or the populist dictatorship of Hitler and the Nazis, he finds it hard to accept any system not based on the leadership of aristocrats like himself.

Reck has a deep and visceral hatred of the Nazis and everything they stand for. He's particularly scathing of the "mass-men" he sees as being responsible for the regime's rise to power and the subsequent consolidation of that power.

Mass-men can be defined as those who no longer exercise the capacity for critical thinking; they have simply chosen to accept the new status quo. They are not individuals in the truest sense of the word. According to Reck, they have no more volition than the average termite. Instead of stopping to think about what they're doing and why they're doing it, they instinctively spew out the propagandized slogans of the Nazi Party without a moment's hesitation.

Reck realizes that the Nazis's ability to manipulate the German masses is one of its greatest strengths. But such manipulation could not have been carried out without the willing participation of mass-men, those mindless individuals who've uncritically endorsed everything the Nazis have done. Their continued fanatical loyalty to the regime will ensure Germany's rapid descent into the abyss.

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