Chapter Summary Of Hitler's Willing Executioners By Daniel Goldhagen

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Daniel Goldhagen, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, pg 239-262.

The book of Daniel Goldhagen, Hitler’s Willing Executioners published in 1996, reflecting some an issue that concerned many Germans. This about the predators of the Holocaust, including groups and individuals who made the major decisions establishing the policy of extermination the Jewish people under Nazi regime, executed and supported it. The author illustrates to the role of anti-Semitic ideology that led the "ordinary" Germans commit to the genocide of the Jews including a number of unguarded women and defenceless children. And particularly, in this chapter, Goldhagen investigates one of the Holocaust perpetrators -the Police Battalion 101. It was a unit of the German Order Police
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He mentions that the Jews were efficiently treated much more terrible than other victims of the Nazis. He traits this distinction less to Hitler's priorities and the Nazi’s government rules but instead indeed to the lethal antisemitism of the "ordinary " Germans. The Police Battalion 101 conducted the first backlash shooting against Poles in the town of Talcyn in September 1942, Major Trapp sobbed. In the meantime, he mentions that the policemen were savagely expelling or killing on the spot of the entire Jewish community in the district. Hesitant to execute Poles, they synchronously "slaked their Jewish blood-lust." However, Goldhagen is contrasting "apples and oranges." Trapp sobbed before and while he executed the slaughter of Jews at Jozefow also. In addition to, however, is the action of the middle-aged police officers in a subsequent reprisal backlash activity against Poles, which Goldhagen does not …show more content…
If the men fear being viewed as defeatists however not as "Jew- lovers," Goldhagen contends that this must signify that there is “an essentially unquestioned consensus on the justice of the extermination” inside the unit. "If indeed Germans had disapproved of the mass slaughter, then peer pressure would not have induced people to kill against their will.” 51. But that assumes that what is of sole enthusiasm to Goldhagen, to be specific an experiment of discrimination against Jews because of the Jewish identity of the victims, was also vital to the policemen of the Police Battalion 101. Were the killers basically concerned about the fate, substantially less the identity of their targets or about the emerging trial of their individual capacities to complete the initial difficult mission relegated to the battalion in occupied areas during war period? At the point when a policeman whom Goldhagen refers to as honest was inquired about why he didn't follow Trapp's order, he replied: "I was of the opinion that I could master the situation, and that without me the Jews were not going to escape their situation anyway."52 It was he, not the victims, who was the focal point of his thought. Goldhagen is correct that the ethnic character of the victims ought not be disregarded, but rather this does not justify overlooking all

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