Adolf Hitler And The Holocaust Essay

877 Words May 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Adolf Hitler, an Austrian-born German politician, was responsible for the annihilation of millions. Victims of the Holocaust were singled out because of their racial impurity, and differences of opinion. Millions where rounded up and shipped to concentration camps, and later to death camps. Those who disobeyed the law where imprisoned or sentenced to death. Some rebelled, while others complied. We are more likely to conform then to rebel to someone who is an authority figure with high status, when dealing with group pressure, and when there are rewards and punishments involved. (Myers, p.198, 2013). Those who did comply, were only being “good citizens”. Should they have been accountable for their actions, or do they get a pass for obeying the law? For those who did not comply and rebelled against the law, are they bad people for not being good citizens? Honestly, what defines us as a good citizens and does it come in to conflict with being good people? After examining Karl Jaspers and the White Rose Movement and their views on the holocaust, maybe it is time to redefine what a good citizen is. Especially during the times when political and moral guilt come in to question.
A good citizen is when an individual has an obligation to behave in accordance with the rules, norms, and expectations of the state and society” (Magstadt, p. , 2015). Anyone who does not abide by it, is considered a bad citizen. Occasionally, being a good citizen comes into conflict with moral behavior.…

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