The Extermination Of Jews By Nazi Germany Essay

1438 WordsDec 6, 20166 Pages
When considering the holocaust, there is often a questioning of how society can persecute the entirety of a race or religious group. Apart from the logistics, strategy, or tactics of mass genocide, it is difficult to comprehend how an entire country can bear responsibility for the premature deaths of over six million people. While genocide, including the extermination of Jews by Nazi Germany, has occurred under multiple different contexts and is still present in modern society, there must be a psychological component to the cause of genocide. Where was humanity in the midst of widespread murder? Shouldn’t there have been as many advocates for peace as there was for death? Most importantly, what does this say about mankind as a whole and its capacity for good? Perhaps thoroughly understanding the mindset that fosters the escalation of racism, hate, and even apathy may gear society with the tools needed to prevent history’s repetition. First and foremost, one may look to Hitler’s weapons: SS soldiers. At face value, it is easy to assume that these individuals had arguably more sadist tendencies than the Fuhrer himself, as they were most intimately involved in the systematic murder of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and handicapped individuals. Certainly, Hitler’s henchman must have possessed significantly unusual tendencies toward violence and a unique lack of empathy. This assumption is natural, after all, people are never inclined to consider criminals- especially murderers-
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