Impact Of Nazi Policy On Madagascar

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Nazi Policy in World War 2 was motivated by National Socialist ideology. From Hitler’s rise to power through the end of World War 2 things only grew worse for the Jews of Europe. The German promise to its people for living space was usually accompanied by ideas of Jewish slaves and German owners. The original Nazi policy was to turn Eastern Europe into plantations run by Germans with Jewish slaves. Germany used forced labor throughout the war to great effect. Eventually ethnic cleansing turned to genocide and it was decided that extermination was preferable to enslavement for Jews. There was a variety of reasons that Germans killed. Some did not see their victims as human while others just thought that an order is an order. Advocating
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Somewhere around the formation of the Madagascar Plan is a decent timeframe to look at. The decision to commit genocide cost the Germans manpower and several other national resources. The Madagascar Plan came right before the Final Solution and would have been a forced deportation of all European Jews to the island of Madagascar. . “Planning for Madagascar continued fervently until the end of August and then stopped abruptly” (Browning, Nazi Policy p. 17). The logistics of this would kill most of the Jews it sought to move and probably would have led to genocide since, “Madagascar implied a murderous decimation of the Jewish population. (Browning, Nazi Policy p. 17)” Failure to defeat the United Kingdom quickly as was done with France made the plan grow less likely every day. The unravelling of this plan left the German government, “receptive to ever more radical solutions.( Browning, Nazi Policy p. 17).” Planning would continue to radicalize as the invasion of the Soviet Union drew closer and closer. It was clear that this was no normal war and it would be accompanied by a genocide. Himmler noted, “20 to 30 million Slavs and Jews will perish through military action and crises of food supply” (Browning, Nazi Policy p. 23). The way these terms are used together is off

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