"Multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”
― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species
Charles Darwin, believe it or not played a huge role in the development of the holocaust. He played a role in the beliefs of the Nazi party. His theories is what they based their laws off of, they gave the Nazi's their thoughts of political beliefs. This leading to the Nazi's replacing the Judeo-christian Doctrine with Darwinism. Darwin's theories had a huge impact on how the jews were treated and how war was seen. Darwin would soon have everyone following his idea of evolution. Charles Darwin would soon get the Nazi's to try and eliminate the weaker race based off his theory ‘Survival of the Fittest’ and a ‘Superior race’. Nazism is believed to have reached the extent of the holocaust due to wide spread and acceptance of social darwinism. The scientific and academic community would soon fall for the belief in Darwinism and be strong supports of the theories (Influence of Evolution).
The theory of evolution was based on individuals acquiring traits that enable those possessing the new traits a higher chance to survive in the worst conditions, compared to those who don't possess them. Darwins theory of evolution impacted not only the Nazi party, but the majority of German citizens. He's idea's that he was bringing up consisted of: a 'Superior race', his theory “Survival of the fittest”, and that nature takes it course. Thus getting the Nazis to expunge the Judeo-Christian doctrine in schools and replace it with Darwinism. With this being in place, students learning that their is no creator opened up windows for Darwin's theories to impact families all over Germany. With students coming home and talking about Darwinism, it became accepted by citizens all over the country (Journal-of-Creation). Some believe the primary reason Nazism reached the extent of the holocaust was because of the widespread and acceptance of darwinism by not only the scientific community, but also, the academic community (Nazi ‘Race Purification’ Program). His views were growing on everyone, especially Hitler. Darwin proposed his theory on superior race, raising Hitler to believe that the gene pool could be improved such as a farmers breed superior cattle strains. The heart of Darwinism is that evolution proceeds the differential survival of the fittest or the superior individual. The theory of superior race was now being played into action, the elimination of the weaker race was now one step closer (Journal-of-Creation).
Some believe if the Nazi party were to ever fully embrace and acted upon the belief of the old testament, that everyone created equal in the eyes of the creator God, there would have been no such thing as the Holocaust. However, Darwin's notion that evolutionary progress occurs only when the weak in ‘the struggle for survival’ were eliminated. Darwin's notion of a superior race and struggle for survival are one of the most important...