The People Of Germany Exhibited Indifference During The Holocaust

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The theory that the people of Germany exhibited indifference during the Holocaust is widely believed to be true by many people. Both James M. Glass’ “Against the Indifference Hypothesis: The Holocaust and the Enthusiasts for Murder” and Omer Bartov’s “Defining Enemies, Making Victims: Germans, Jews, and the Holocaust” provide alternative reasoning for why German citizens not only watched the slaughter, but also actively participated in it. While Glass effectively argues that the German populace was indoctrinated to believe that the Jews were vermin, Bartov’s argument that they were simply scapegoated since they had historically fulfilled that role carries more scholarly merit due to his methodology.
Glass’ essay focuses on disproving a previously founded theory: the “indifference theory” . This theory states that German citizens were completely indifferent towards the plight of the Jews, and is believed to be true by many people, including Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor and author of the novel “Night” . Instead, Glass offers up a different explanation: that the true reason why the German people - and Europe as a whole - allowed the extermination of the Jews was due to “a willed desire” to rid the world of the Jewish race. Anti-Semitism runs deep within the culture of the world. It can be traced back to the crucifixion and eventual death of Christ, when the Jewish leaders took Jesus to Caiaphas Pilate, who then sentenced him to be crucified. In the time leading up to…

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