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According to the Viennese government, civilians who refused to assist the SS in catching Soviet prisoners of war (during Mühlviertler Hasenjagd) did not face any negative consequences (my emphasis):

The hunt for the escapees also called for the assistance of the civilian population. And the people came and willingly obliged. According to the documents and the testimonies given by witnesses there was no immediate threat to anyone nor was anyone forced to participate. They did it all the same.

If it's true, you could simply refuse to cooperate with the SS and nothing bad would happen to you.

Is there any hard evidence/support for this claim (apart from statements by eyewitnesses)?

Why, exactly, couldn't a SS officer shoot down some Austrian peasant who didn't want to chase the Soviets?

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    The phrase The hunt for the escapees also called for the assistance of the civilian population sounds like they called for volunteers. From the rest of the paragraph, it sounds like they got the volunteers they needed, so the issue of 'Austrians who refused to help SS ...' probably never arose. – sempaiscuba Nov 24 '18 at 20:02
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    This question’s phrasing duplicates a number of denialist phrasings in English language. I am assuming this is unintentional and am offering to sub edit to a good faith version. – Samuel Russell Nov 25 '18 at 0:34
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    i think its a valid question and but @FranzDrollig there are other options than shooting people that they would perhaps have taken (against Volk) ? Fine, prison, public shaming spring to mind. – bigbadmouse Nov 26 '18 at 9:36
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The standard of real and genuine voluntarism, without consequence other than equivalent fatigue duties, in Jew and Slav hunting is well known and a commonplace in the scholarly literature. (Browning 1992 Ordinary men; Klee 1988 The Good Old Days). This holds for all theatres.

If it's true, you could simply refuse to cooperate with the SS and nothing bad would happen to you.

Of course it isn’t true. Millions of Soviet Citizens and Polish Citizens discovered this.

Why, exactly, couldn't a SS officer shoot down some Austrian peasant who didn't want to chase the Soviets?

Because they’re Volk.

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