This came up a while back in the discussion of that Waffen SS re-enactor Congressional candidate from Ohio. Much of the rhetoric and stylized facts heard in the US about the Eastern Front are very close to that used for the Lost Cause movement. A morally and skillset superior set of soldiers fighting for a good cause, overwhelmed by hordes of equipment and manpower - Germany losing to the Russians in WW2, or the Civil War? The parallels in how people talk about them are realy striking. They don't come out and say this, but I think the reason the Holocaust blew up to be such a big deal in the US popular imagination from the 1970s on is that it was consciously suppressed in the 1950-1970 Cold War period, as a side effect of our strenous effects to mainstream Germany again. US elites tried to normalize the behavor of the German military leadership to get them onboard during the Cold War, pardoning multiple war criminals, putting a light spin on the crimes, the Commissar order, and giving Wehrmacht officials access at all levels to pick their brains about how to defeat the no-doubt-imminent Soviet tank assault on Western Europe. US officials such as Robert Taft turned on the Nuremberg trials as early as 1948. I can't find the guy's name now, but there's actually a general who received Germany's highest medal award from Hitler and later received a medal from a US president for assisting with Cold War planning. This, combined the rather relentless efforts of some German commanders and soldiers to reinterpret German actions as a "pre-emptive defense of the west against the Asiatic communist hordes" - rather than, you know, the war of racial exterminiation it was - pushed US opinion further and further towards the revisionist camp. As a side effect, you get the re-enactor movement - which decides the Waffen-SS was a bunch of total badass Rambos, who should be venerated for their commie-killing, rather than, you know, war criminals. You get the seemingly endless series of "popular history" novels where the Germans are chivalrous, christian, nice-to-Russian civilians professionals, suffering under the yoke of Hitler's insane orders. There's apparently a publishing continum between outright Nazi-fetishist newsletters, small market publishing, and Ballantine books depending on how softened up the Nazi-loving is. I now understand why there's so many people around who are willing to do the "but Stalin was worse, we should focus on his war crimes" thing whenever the subject of the two comes up, or the bizarre instance that the Nazis were on the left, or the fascination with hypothetical alternative outcomes for the war. It's not really about relative culpability; if that was the criteria, we should devote all our time to discussing the bodycount of the British Empire. It's actually kind of a backwards-facing rationalization about the post-WW2 Cold War alliances needed, and the bodies need hiding. Most disturbingly for our purposes, you get an awful lot of the modern culture around wargaming, board and electronic. The chapter where he traces how German-focused, crime-minimizing, and outright venerating of German soldiers some games are is unsettling. As a special bonus, check out the 1 star reviews complaining that he's falsely accusing some German generals of being war criminals.