To summarize, the Nazis and Hitler had anti semitic ideas and had crazy ideas of a perfect race, made up of people with blonde hair, blue eyes, and that were tall. Along with that, the people who weren’t part of this “perfect” race, was humiliated and treated horrible, for no
The most notorious for the heinous deeds were the Schutzstaffel, or the SS. This paramilitary branch of Nazis, who were highly regarded by Hitler, treated the Jewish race with no respect for their own livelihood, or had any sympathy for what they were going through. As Elie describes his time in the concentration camp of Auschwitz, he mentions one of the SS officers who came into their barracks, “...with crime inscribed upon his brow and in the pupils of his eyes. He looked us over as if we were a pack of leprous dogs hanging onto our lives.” (Wiesel 47). This excerpt from the novel displays the sincere hatred he had for the malnourished and weak Jews who stood before him. These special soldiers slaughtered Jews by the thousands, without making any sort of attempt to stop what was occurring. The SS had one goal during World War II, and that was to exterminate the Jewish race from the Earth. At any moment, someone could be killed, no matter the reason. The Germans didn't care, all they wanted was the Jews
Inglourious Basterds argues that the American lens of Jews in World War II is inaccurate by contrasting the traditional American lens with a strong Jewish lens through parallel plots in the story. In Inglourious Basterds, we mentioned the opening scene which starts with the “Jew Hunter” in complete control and using fear tactics to make a French farmer give up the Jews he is harboring. This scene shows the “Jew Hunter” in full control of the situation with all power resting solely in his hands. The Jewish family being harbored is completely helpless as they hide under the floorboards. The Jews in this scene are in line with what the American perspective of Jews in World War II, helpless and at the mercy of the Nazis. However the Basterds violently contradict the American lens of Jew’s role in World War II history. This is done so in the way the film is laid out with alternating five different chapters, which alternate between Jews having power and lacking power. The Basterds reverse the power structure and become the ones inflicting fear. They begin to not only kill Nazis they make the Nazis fear Jews. This can be seen in one scene where the “Bear Jew” walks out of a dark tunnel, bat banging
Many things that happen also have a trigger event – the final straw, or the
Spielberg gives an insight of how Goeth, the commander in charge of the Nazis were. He would shoot Jews for target practice. How can someone do such acts? After he shoots the Jews he tries to preach the death of the Jews. To further explain what it means to preach the deaths of the Jews, he never wants any Jews alive. Yet he chooses a Jew to be his maid and he fell in love with her. Also he doesn’t find it to be evil that people are being exterminated. He will love to see every Jews dead, but he gas to spare his lover.
Just like France, the United States, and Russia, Germany also began to make films, as a way to entertain the working class in an inexpensive way. By 1933 Adolf Hitler came to power, creating very harsh social condition that made several writers, actors, and directors flee Germany because they feared that if they stayed they would have gotten killed. Joseph Goebbels later came to run the UFA, as a government owned production company to make films that were shown to civilians and the military as propaganda on March 13 , 1933, and intended to censor German cinema to make the people believe that they were fascist. Numerous movies in that period of time tried to steer clear of talking about the Holocaust to distract people from what was really happening and to make Hitler seem almost godlike. One film in particular directed by Leni Riefenstahl called The Triumph of the Will became a well known example of propaganda in film history. Throughout the film, you really get to experience a sense of historical context that influenced thousands of people during the time of World War 2. Today, several people view The Triumph of the Will and have a difficult time distinguishing whether or not they can conclude if they view the film as propaganda or an actual piece of art.
there was a sort of cultural dominance taking place by the outsiders. the Old European culture was dying it was being lost and the American culture was infiltrating in. judt acknowledgesthat “ in more ways than most contemporaries could have foreseen, a new Europe was being born. (Judt, 237). he first introduces the German victims which he separates from the German aggressors, so we first get this picture of Germany destroyed and under occupation and then he states that the greedy Americans were coming in and using their cultural imperialism to change Europe. He 's almost trying to challenge all the different assumptions and narratives that people have on such a controversial view. The soviets and the Nazis are no longer the enemy in his narrative but the Americans are.the author comments that “American films flooded into Italy in time for the pivotal 1948 elections; Paramount was encouraged by
The Nazis’ racism often discouraged them from excessive cruelty, we were fated to die as the lesser race, the less we were viewed as humans, the less there was a point in humiliation. However, the process of killing Jews could not escape humiliation. By inflicting pain the Nazis acknowledged our humanity which angered them even further, it was our bitter victory leading to death. The Germans’ process included dehumanizing Jews up to the killing moment, the ideology claimed to torture Jews seeking them to accept their inhumanity, not for humiliation, but to cleanse their souls before being burned alive (5). Convincing Jews to admit to their own inhumanity was to assert the Nazis in what they already believed, and give justification for torment and murder. The Germans’ attitude toward death had the Holocaust combine humiliation and destruction, the Germans saw themselves as the cleansing power, which made their actions even more horrifying. I could not predict their actions, it was their unpredictability that made them terrible in their behavior, the only thing truly predictable was killing Jews which was a direct result of the Nazi ideology. Jews misinterpreted and misunderstood Nazi intentions, such misunderstanding was encouraged because it fed the chaos and horror amongst the prisoners and gave power
Discovery of the Nazi death camps at the end of World War II sent shockwaves throughout the entire world and brought to question how civilized humans could participate in the atrocity of what is now known as the Holocaust. Although from the beginning, it was clear Nazi’s believed Jews and other races were inferior to the Aryan race, the idea of genocide was not their original intent. How then were German soldiers able to exterminate Jews without question? Christopher Browning in his book Ordinary Men dives into the human psyche to try and recreate the possibilities in which the German soldier were able to carry out these horrifying acts.
The year was 1941 and World War II had been going on for two years since it started in 1939. Nazi Germany had gained much territory and controlled over three-fourths of Europe. The only countries not conquered controlled or allied with Germany in Europe were Sweden, Switzerland, Russia and England. Both Sweden and Switzerland were neutral during the war, so the two biggest threats to Germany was England and Russia. (Patrick Shrier 08/06/2006)
Nazi Germany was a dictatorship under the control of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, which transformed Germany into a fascist totalitarian state. Germany was conquered by the Soviet Union and the other Allied powers and surrendered within a year. The plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe formed in the 1942 Swansea Conference, replacing the previous policy of forced emigration of Jews from the Reich. In alliance with Italy and smaller Axis powers, Germany conquered most of Europe by 1940 and threatened Great Britain. Hitler became dictator of Germany by merging the powers and offices of the Chancellery and Presidency. Large-scale aerial bombing of Germany escalated in 1944, and the Nazis retreated from Eastern and Southern Europe. The victorious
After the World War II, Germany was divided into 4 powers, Britain, France, USA and Soviet Russia, dividing the country into two parts, namely East and West Germany. The country was reunited again in 1990, unifying the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) (kellerbook). The reunification has led to political, economic and social long-lasting changes in the country. Following the reunification, there has been an increase in unemployment rate and severe economic crisis. Since the 1990s, the issue of the fall in the number of union members and collective bargaining in Germany’s employment relationship is not a new matter (Addison et.al). This has been evidently observed, after the reunification of Western
2. I believe Spielberg chose to emphasize those who act as enforcers for the Nazis in the ghetto but are Jewish to properly show what kind of lives people lead during the war. It was to say not all Jewish people suffered in concentration camps, but some went over to the other side and acted as enforcers. This could be seen by some people that they betrayed their race, I guess the modern day equivalent would be an African individual joining the KKK. I would agree partially to saying it was betrayal. However, I also understand that times were rough and given their situation they didn’t have much choice. If they didn’t act as enforcers for the Nazi, they may have met the same tragic fate as the six million Jewish people that were murdered. At the time survival was
One last example is, ?gossiping and smoking by the grass.? This suggests that the Nazis are laid back and acting very casual. They don?t pay respect for the dead. They are totally unconcerned or unphased by what is happening.
When the Nazi party completely took over power, they had the vision to restore proper traditional German culture in Germany. This too meant that for instance artist that expressed their emotional feelings /political views through their art, were persecuted if the art that was painted did not align with the Nazi ideology or seemed anti-Nazi. This was a weakness since artist and film makers flourished during the years of the Weimar republic, capturing historic moments and filming them from a primary perspective. However, the Nazis came and basically filtered everything that seemed anti-Nazi or promoted something else than what the Nazis wanted. The Nazis then used cinemas and art for the own propaganda reasons. Only allowing their films which manipulated the German viewers and promoting the German superior race, banning any foreign movies or documentaries which