What Caused The Holocaust Essay

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What caused the Holocaust? Germany after the Treaty of Versailles was in a weakened and vulnerable state, where they were progressively, but easily manipulated by propaganda to believe their restoration and survival depended on a pure German line, and any impurities present needed to be eradiated for they compromised the future of Germany. The state of mind that allowed for such actions to take place was in part due to the Treat of Versailles that aggravated the German nation. The World leaders at this time, but mostly France, wanted to make the Treaty following World War I as harsh as possible, to the point where Germany would be eternally crippled. Paralyzing Germany, to world leaders, would also serve as an model for punishment for other …show more content…
Hitler used the emotions of the German people and reassured them if elected, he would dispose of the treaty and restore Germany to its greater glory. However, for Hitler, restoring Germany to it’s greater glory also involved eradicating any impurities that tainted the German line. Combined with nationalism, and propaganda, Hitler progressively manipulated the German people to support this idea. Hitler used propaganda such as magazines, movies, TV shows, etc to promote Anti-Semitism, and Jewish stereotypes. Films released included depicting the Jewish people as parasitic and manipulative, whom are taking over the Aryan society and causing unemployment and inflation. Such Jewish stereotypes can be seen in a magazine article written by Karl Eitzen, entitled “Ten Responses to Jewish Lackeys“. In this, he describes the Jewish population as people who are crooks, and while their businesses do indeed offer cheaper prices in comparison to German shops, they actually rob the German nation and leads it’s people to bankruptcy (Eitzen). Therefore, blaming the Jewish business owners for the continued depressed state of Germany. This article also in general just offers counter arguments to those opposed to Anti-Semitism. It serves as a platform …show more content…
In the book, Hitler 's Willing Executioners written by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, he argues that it wasn’t Hitler who manipulated Germany to perform such horrendous acts, however, that Germans behaved this way due to long lasting Anti-Semitism imbedded from previous centuries (Goldhagen). Therefore, he aims to dispel the common notion that many Germans were unaware or indifferent to what was happening, or that they were simply acting out of fear or manipulation. The Germans involved in the Holocaust were rather sadistic, and willing participated in killing. This type of widespread behavior wasn’t fear inclined, but instead something that was a reflection of German culture and the German people. Goldhaagen notes that towards the end of the war, orders were sent to the camps to stop the killings, but those in charge disregarded this and continued their annihilation. Another example is from troops such as the Order Police Reserve Battalion 101, who were made up of untrained working class men who were not supports of the Nazi policy, however, participated in killing Jews (Goldhagen). The men of this group were allowed to excuse themselves if they found killing unacceptable, however, most of them participated anyways. Therefore, proving the willingness of the German people to participate in killing. In addition to this, when the Germans entered

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