Very interesting article in The Times about Ratzinger and his time in the Hitler Youth.
“Resistance was truly impossible,” Georg Ratzinger said. … Some locals in Traunstein, like Elizabeth Lohner, 84, whose brother-in-law was sent to Dachau as a conscientious objector, dismiss such suggestions. “It was possible to resist, and those people set an example for others,” she said. “The Ratzingers were young and had made a different choice.” In 1937 another family a few hundred yards away in Traunstein hid Hans Braxenthaler, a local resistance fighter. SS troops repeatedly searched homes in the area looking for the fugitive and his fellow conspirators.
You can say we should forgive him the choices he made as a young man. But don’t tell me he didn’t have a choice. He did, and he chose wrong.