Essay about Nazi Germany : Conformity, Opposition And Racism

1304 Words Apr 27th, 2016 6 Pages
The term “degenerate” was coined during the Third Reich as a way to describe the physically, mentally, or socially unfit within Nazi Germany. The prime example of that comes to one’s mind is the exclusion and attempted extermination of the Jews during Hitler’s reign. Exclusion within Germany is not solely limited to members of the Jewish faith however. While it is true that the Jews were the most ostracized group during the Third Reich other so called “degenerates” such as the Sinti and Romas, homosexuals, physically and mentally handicapped were all persecuted alongside any other “asocial” Germans who did not conform to the new Nazi German Volk. In this paper I will delve into the ostracized groups and describe why they were persecuted and how by using sources such as Detlev J.K. Peukert’s Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition and Racism in Everyday Life, Michael Burleigh and Wolfgang Wippermann’s The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945, as well as multiple other primary sources. The logical starting point when speaking about persecuted groups within The Third Reich is with the Jews. The persecution of the Jews within Germany has its roots well before the Nazis came into power, specifically in the immediate aftermath of World War One. Many Germans could not come to terms with their country’s defeat after World War One causing many to buy into the idea that German was betrayed by an enemy within. The argument that Germany was “stabbed in the back” by a sect of their own…

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