Why The Nazi 's Followed Orders That Caused By Killing Thousands Of Germans During The Holocaust

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Obeying an Authority Figure Isn’t Always the Best Decision
Why do individuals follow an authority figures’ instructions if it meant possibly harming another person? This situation was tested in the Milgram experiment to get a better understanding of why the Nazi’s followed orders that resulted in killing thousands of Germans during the Holocaust. In most cases, people would not harm another individual, but it’s an authority figure who is giving the commands so it is hard to say “no”. People obey authority in unfamiliar circumstances when others could be harmed because they think the authority figure is legitimate, morally right and that the authority figure will take responsibility. Though it is a norm to follow authority figures orders, it is not always the right thing to do.
The Milgram Experiment was conducted to see how far people would go in following an authority figures’ orders before they would simply stop obeying. The experiment was conducted in 1961 by Stanley Milgram at Yale University to get a better understanding of why the Nazi’s followed orders that resulted in killing millions of Jews during the Holocaust. Though the Milgram experiment was nowhere near the extreme of the Holocaust, the findings of the experiment gave insight as to the general principles of obedience to authority. The first of many versions of this experiment used forty males from the New Haven area who were paid $4.00 to participate. There were a total of three people in each experiment. The…

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