The Holocaust And The Nazi Party

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“If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example” (Vollhardt). Universally, genocide is viewed in various ways by every party involved and has eight specific steps. In Germany, Adolf Hitler’s persistent lectures on the Jews and their role in World War One created tension in the government and in the people. The Holocaust can be looked at through eight itemized stages. Genocide can only be stopped with intervention on a worldwide scale. It disheartens me to know that mass murders have taken place throughout Europe because the Nazi Party declared themselves the higher being and therefore gave themselves the right to be the judge, jury, and …show more content…
Raphael Lemkin, a jewish lawyer, wanted to create a term to describe Nazi policies of the systematic murder of Jews (Baron1). Particularly, Lemkin used the ancient Greek word ‘genos’ (race/tribe) and the Latin ‘cide’ (killing) to come up with the term, genocide (Baron1). Granted in 1946, the United Nations General Assembly affirmed Lemkin 's’ term and definition of the term genocide (Baron1). Hereafter, genocide progresses through eight definite stages. The first stage is classification or the distinguishment between “us and them” by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality (Stanton). Names and other symbols are a further form of classification but names and symbols are identified as the second stage, symbolization (Stanton). Classification and symbolization are both human and do not always result in genocide. Yet genocide is only a result of classification and symbolization when the next stage, dehumanization is carried out (Stanton). Dehumanization is when a group denies the humanity of another group and the dehumanized group are considered equivalent to animals, vermin, insects or disease (Stanton). During the fourth stage, organization, the state or government usually organizes a genocide by utilizing militias. Occasionally organization is informal but formal organization, like the persecution of the Jews, is the trained and armed form of organization (Stanton).

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