Was German “Eliminationist Anti-Semitism” Responsible for the Holocaust?

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| | |Was German “Eliminationist Anti-Semitism” Responsible for the Holocaust? | |Issue 10 “Taking Sides: Clashing Views in World History” | | | German anti-Semitism played the main role in Holocaust and extermination of Jewish population in Europe during World War 2. There are different views on this subject among historians. Some support the fact that German society was anti-Semitic and ordinary…show more content…
Another fact in support of Browning is that Hitler almost didn’t talk about his hatred of the Jews in public, so anti-Semitism didn’t play the main role in bringing him to power in 1933. After his election, German population was basically divided in two groups; people who strongly supported anti-Semitism and people for whom it was not a priority. Those who radically supported anti-Jewish laws passed by National Socialist Party, were violent toward Jewish population of Germany. Series of pogroms against Jewish-owned businesses were conducted in 1938, around 100 Jews were killed and 33.000 were sent to concentration camps. The Nazi political party gained more supporters during that time, because anti-Semitic measures looked like the only option to stop violence among German population. Another aspect of World War 2, according to Brwoning, that proves that anti-Semitism was not the main moving force in killings of Holocaust is that German soldiers killed millions and millions of none-Jewish people all around the Europe. German handicapped, Polish upper class, Soviet prisoners of war, Gypsies; all these groups of people were targeted during Nazi regime. So Brwoning argues that Jewish people were no different from other victims of Nazi genocide during years of World War 2. According to Christopher R. Browning, Germans soldiers who carried out the Final Solution
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