The Transformation Of Deportation Of Mass Extermination

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Robert Smith History 345 A TA Washnis 12/5/14 The Transformation from Deportation to Mass Extermination The legacy the Second World War is often inundated in a series of disparagements, condemnations, and outright disgust against the perpetrators of the industrial scale mass-murder that was the Holocaust. This provides both positive and negative outcomes for those who seek to study the Holocaust and understand it from all angles. The demonization of key Nazi luminaries like Hitler and Himmler are highly appropriate given their ruthless and inhumane actions against European Jewry, ethnic minorities, their own German citizenry, and an international global standard of morality. Their reputations for inhumanity are well–deserved. Nonetheless, one must always navigate Holocaust history with objectivity, and not get sidetracked by the bias that the perpetrators were unfathomable monsters. In fact, Heydrich was a renowned family man and Himmler an accomplished agriculturalist —despite being mass murderers, these were men were rational and “normal” human beings. One should seek to try to understand the social and political policy and environment that allowed these agents of destruction to implement the “Endziel” or Final Solution, and how their devices of change, the Wehrmacht, the SS, and the Einsatzgruppen carried out their unfathomable tasks. The answer lies in the complex bureaucracy of the Nazi regime, the psychology of killing and bystanders, failed immigration measures, the

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