Adolf Hitler And The Holocaust

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When Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933, he had a belief that race was the sole matter that defined the culture of a civilization. He influenced the country of Germany to change the ideological values that they previously abided by. This change marked the beginning of a new era, which led to the most pure ideological genocide that can be remembered to this day since there was no pragmatic motivation throughout the time period the Holocaust took place. It is a dark mark in the history of western civilization, and many countries could have helped aid the Jews in their effort to resist, but none more than the United States of America. Though not the primary reason for the longevity of the Holocaust, the U.S. does bear some culpability for the persecution and eventual mass killings of the six million Jews in Europe because of a growth of anti-Semitism that interfered with the ability to offer aid at a time when they were capable to, thus becoming labeled as an international bystander. In his analysis of the United States response to the Holocaust, David Wyman claims “The Nazis were the murders, but we [the United States] were the all too passive accomplices” (ix), which lies different than the views of William Rubenstein who argues “…no Jews who perished during the Nazi Holocaust could have been saved by any action which the Allies could have taken at the time…” (x). It is hard to analyze a situation and point fingers at someone other than the primary perpetrator when so many

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