Nazi Germany And The Nazi War

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The contents of culture are a good way to gauge the morals and beliefs of a society. Movies specifically are good indicators. It then comes off as more than a lighthearted issue when few American-made movies characterize Nazi Germany as actual people and instead dehumanize them. The Germans are nearly always shown in a negative light when in reality fewer than 40% of Germans voted for Hitler when he was elected. Furthermore, even fewer Germans knew about the Holocaust during the war. Most films inevitably depict all Germans as a single force hellbent on killing every Jewish person at whatever cost. World War II films such as Inglorious Basterds that dehumanize Germans through guilt by association, making them seem like an evil force, and showing horrible acts of violence committed against the Germans use the same tactics that the Nazis themselves used to demonize the Jews. Dehumanization is defined as “a psychological process whereby opponents view each other as less than human and thus not deserving of moral consideration” (Maiese.) It is used to justify violence against a group of people such as the Rwandan Genocide, Armenian Genocide, and the Holocaust. Dehumanization doesn’t just disappear after the war or genocide is carried out. It can often be preserved in a culture’s history. As an example many cultures viewed the Huns as monsters or animals instead of people during the invasion of the Western World. Another example is of the Mongols. Even today the Mongols are

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