The Victims Of The Holocaust

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Dehumanization is defined as a psychological process whereby members of a group of people assert the inferiority of another group.� Opponents view each other as less than human and thus not deserving of moral consideration, and are treated as less than humans through subtle or overt acts or statements.� Experiencing dehumanization can often lead to feelings of intense hatred and alienation among conflicting parties. The more severe the conflict, the more the psychological distance between groups will widen. Eventually, this can result in moral exclusion and these people are typically viewed as inferior, evil, or criminal.� In the holocaust, the Jews, in the eyes of Nazis, are a group of people that do not deserve moral consideration.� The Holocaust affected the lives of millions because of the hate inside of one certain group of people: the Nazi 's.� The victims of the Holocaust provide an excellent example of individuals who suffered from the torment of this psychological process as, for a variety of reasons, the Nazi 's goal was to deprive human qualities such as individuality, compassion and most importantly, identity through the process of dehumanization. In his attempt to bear witness to the horrors of the Nazis ' attempt to exterminate the Jewish people, Primo Levi, a Jewish-Italian chemist, writer and Holocaust survivor provides his own personal testimony of his experience in the Auschwitz concentration camp in the form of his memoirs, If This Is a Man. In these…
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