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    The creation of the einsatzgruppen started one of the first ever genocides in history, by the development of groups that would literally go door to door murdering minorities. With over a million confirmed kills, the Einsatzgruppen contributed to over fifteen percent of people who were killed in the genocide alone. With the technologies and masterminds behind the operation, it truly seemed like nothing could stop this destructive force. The killing squads jump started even concentration camps and other killing methods used in the Holocaust, this event was truly entirely their fault. The Einsatzgruppen were groups of people in Hitler’s ranks in the Holocaust who would hunt down minorities and killed them. They had many other tasks besides just…

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    There had been much conflict and tension between the troops and the Einsatzgruppen about the latter’s task in the conquered areas, army officials were worried that exposing their men to such violence could possibly endanger troop discipline and SS commanders were frustrated that they could not properly carry out their assigned tasks. After the military success of France the Wehrmacht Generals were more willing to listen to their perceived genius Führer and turned from animosity with the…

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    holocaust began. A new special action squad, or Einsatzgruppen, was formed. It was made up of Nazi SS units and police. They were also aided by residents of regions the Nazis had previously taken over. Einsatzgruppen (which means deployment groups in German) was a unit of the Nazi special forces. It was composed of members of the SS, the Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police), and the Ordnungspolizei (Order Police). They acted as mobile killing units during the invasion of Poland in 1939, and…

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    Filbert's Contributions

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    The mind of a perpetrator is a subject that has fascinated historians, resulting in the study to try and understand these killers. While books on top Nazis such as Himmler and Heydrich are more prevalent when trying to explain the mind behind the Holocaust, Alex Kay 's book, The Making of an SS Killer: The Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990, looks to shed light on the mindset and conduct behind a mid/ lower level perpetrator. Basing the primary research of his book on archival records,…

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    The Einsatzgruppen murdered an estimated 1.5 million Jews in large-and small-scale operations. Einsatzgruppen was mostly made up of the SS and volunteered German policeman. Among their ranks were both conscripts and volunteers. Each division was comprised of several companies or platoons and contained between 700 and 1,000 men. The Einsatzgruppen divided into four battalion sized groups A,B,C,D.“ Einsatzgruppen came directly to the home communities of Jews and massacred them”(United States…

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    from Reich citizenship and banned them from marrying people of "German or related blood." Kristallnacht or the “Night of Broken Glass” was the anti-Jewish pogroms that took place on the 9th and 10th of November in 1938. On Kristallnacht Nazis in Germany burned down synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses. Over 100 Jewish men were killed and 30,000 men were arrested and sent to concentration camps,After the invasion of Poland in 1939 anti-Semitic policies grew. Before…

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    The Holocaust Happened

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    written by the Nazi German state themselves, that they found after the war. They provided evidence of the policies and actions of the Nazis. For example, the Einsatzgruppen Reports, that documented the progress of the mobile killing units, used to gas any Jewish person. They started by following German soldiers into soviet territory and carried out mass-murder operations, but then progressed to going into cities and towns and taking Jewish families from their homes and sometimes whole…

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    Ghetto In Germany

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    they were now killing the Jewish people and not just the Germany’s Jews, but the Polish Jews and other Jews that resided in nearby countries. Thus, Hitler deployed mobile killing units, known as the Einsatzgruppen, or the special strike forces, to different parts of Germany to locate and gather up the Jews. The Jews had no other choice but to go into hiding or they would be shot and killed on the spot. The activities of the Einsatzgruppen became the first stage in the mass killings of the Jewish…

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    Solution,” the systematic extermination of Europe’s Jews. At the Wannsee Conference in 1942, high-ranking Nazi Party and government officials met to discuss the coordination and implementation of the “Final Solution” (“Wannsee Conference”). It was through the bureaucratic coordination of multiple sectors of the government and particularly the use of railways in deportation and transport that Hitler and the Nazis were able to successfully execute the Holocaust. Prior to the Wannsee Conference,…

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    Russia would be a ruthless "war of annihilation" targeting Communists and Jews and that normal rules of military conflict were to be utterly ignored. Inside the Soviet Union were an estimated three million Jews, many of whom still lived in tiny isolated villages known as Shtetls. Following behind the invading German armies, four SS special action units known as Einsatzgruppen systematically rounded-up and shot all of the inhabitants of these Shtetls. Einsatz execution squads were aided by…

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