This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

How Far Do You Agree That As Late As 1940, Hitler Remained Undecided On The "Jewish Question". It Was The Invasion Of The Soviet Union, Which Transformed The Situation?

884 words - 4 pages

During the Second World War the Nazi Germany have committed a huge crime and murder - the Holocaust, which means the systematic state-sponsored persecution and genocide of various ethnic, religious and political groups. The Jews of Europe were the main victims of the Holocaust in what the Nazis called the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question". About six million of Jews were murdered and the total number of the victims is estimated at up to 26 million of men, women and children. It is the biggest and most unexplainable mass-murder in the history. That is why many historians have disputed on who specifically was to be blamed for it. In this essay the author is going to consider whether the "Final solution of the Jewish Question" was previously designed or it developed in time.The two major historical schools regarding this subject are functionalists and intentionalists. Intentionalists claim that the Holocaust was the result of a long-term plan made up by Hitler and that he was the driving force behind the Holocaust. Functionalists hold that Hitler was anti-Semitic, but he did not have a masterplan for genocide. Functionalists see the Holocaust as coming from the German bureaucracy with little or no involvement of Hitler. Functionalists stress that the Nazi anti-Semitic policy was constantly evolving in ever more radical directions and the end product was the Holocaust.In order to analyse Hitler's attitude towards Jews and his position in developing the anti-Jewish policy one has to consider the chronology of Hitler's rule. This can be divided into three periods. The first one took place from 1933 to November 1938. In this time the persecution of Jews was not so intensified and its purpose was generally the isolation of Jews from the social life: e.g. Jews were excluded from the politics due to the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service and from the army as a result of the Military Service Act. The most radical and severe attack on Jews in this period was the Promulgation of Nuremberg Laws forbidding Jews the status of Reich citizenship. A good example in favour of the functionalists is the boycott of Jewish shops in March 1934. The boycott was called off after one day by Hitler himself because it was incompatible with the plan of economic recovery. In the 1930's the Nazi policy aimed at trying to make life so unpleasant for German Jews that they would leave Germany and until October 1941 German Jews were not forbidden to leave.The next period is from November 1938 to June 1941. It beginned with the Reichkristallnacht - a pogrom during which 91 people were killed and 191 synagogues and 7000 Jewish shops...

Find Another Essay On How far do you agree that as late as 1940, Hitler remained undecided on the "Jewish question". It was the invasion of the Soviet Union, which transformed the situation?

Which do you think was the biggest cause of the war- the Munich Agreement (Britain giving Hitler Sudetenland) or Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia?

711 words - 3 pages would never cause a world war. Because of his invasion of Czechoslovakia, Britain and France had to do something to stop his extending. In this way, the whole Europe was ready for the war. Further more, because of the alliances (ex: Germany and Soviet Union signed alliance, Poland and Britain signed alliance), other countries in the world are involved. So when Germany invaded Poland later on, a world war declared again. Therefore, I think though both the Munich Agreement and Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia are quite big cause of the war, Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia was the biggest cause of the Second World War.

How far do you agree that the Cold War was caused by an unnecessary fear and suspicion that each side had for the other?

726 words - 3 pages War, there had already been signs of ideological clashes and suspicion between both the U.S.S.R and the West. This conference was held in order to assure a peaceful co-existence between the Soviet Union and the West and to reinforce their alliance. Also, significantly, it can be said that American suspicion began during Yalta, for Stalin made it clear that Soviet expansionism would be the Moscow's imperative. The conference was very unsuccessful

How far do you share Hawethorne's view of The Scarlet Letter as an "allegorical romance?"

1799 words - 7 pages present was soon no more sacred than any other moment of the past. And, that to devote oneself to any cause as though it was a final remedy of circumstances, promising rest thereafter, is merely to postpone stagnation for a while. This is representative of Hester's and Arthur's situation. Hawethorne plays with the ironic contrasts between the order that is foreseen in life and the order which time brings to pass. He treats Puritanism as a dark

Adolf Hitler and The Soviet Union

1376 words - 6 pages landowners. Hitler also thought the Soviet Union stood no chance because of the devastation the purges caused to the Red Army and the Soviet Union as a whole. Author Alan Clark of multiple well known World War II books, says, “Hitler dismissed the latent strength of such an organization. He believed that the Soviet military machine was so riddled with Communism, insecurity, suspicion, and informers, and so demoralized by the purges that it could

Do you agree with the view that constitutional change in Britain was the most significant factor in the changing nature of the Irish question, 179

1636 words - 7 pages O’Connell failed to repeal the Act of Union as he intended to, the reforms that brought changes to the Irish question, which were due to O’Connell, for demising the Tory party through his emancipation Act and the Great Reform Act that gave him and the O’Connellites more power to concede to Irish reforms. The Great Famine of 1845-9 was a great turning point in the changing nature of all aspects of the Irish question. In terms of land, Ireland’s land

"The most important reason why there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazi regime was its use of Propaganda" How far do you agree with this statement?

1207 words - 5 pages in Theresienstadt. It showed how well the Jews lived under the "benevolent" protection of the Third Reich. When the film was completed, almost the entire "cast" was deported to the Auschwitz extermination camp.The best propaganda coup for Hitler probably happened in 1936. This occurred when the Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany. The German's had a brand new stadium built which showed off the excellence of the German facilities. Not only

"The benefits of globalization outweigh its cost." How far do you agree with this statement?

1478 words - 6 pages Fund . "Benefits" is defined as "advantage or profit" and "cost" is defined as the "effort or loss necessary to achieve something" by the Oxford dictionary of Current English.We agree to a large extent to the statement, "The benefits of globalization outweigh its cost." Even though there are some disadvantages in the process of globalization, but the benefits that the world receive far outweighs the costs of it. We have to look at the bigger

'The constitutional revolution of 1782 can credibly be presented as the immediate reason for the Act of Union eighteen years later.' (Sean Connolly). Do you agree?

1943 words - 8 pages 'The constitutional revolution of 1782 can credibly be presented as the immediate reason for the Act of Union eighteen years later.' (Sean Connolly). Do you agree?The act of union, one could strongly argue, is the defining event of modern Irish history. It brought into effect the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and was a genuine, if flawed, attempt at creating a new Anglo-Irish relationship. 'The most immediately striking aspect of

"Ideological differences played little part in the origin of the Cold War." How far do you agree with this judgment?

645 words - 3 pages ideology related.Kennan's introducing the Containment Theory was to directly affect US Foreign Policy, but rather than emphasizing ideology, it sought to prevent the spread of communism by a "neurotic" and antagonistic Soviet Union. Its aim was to protect free states from falling to Soviet aggression. Ideology did not really contribute to the view that this aggression needed to be confronted. Nor was it a factor in Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, which

The main reason that German people supported Hitler was because they believed he would make the government stronger. Do you agree?

611 words - 2 pages over to the Nazi's standards of life which was a disciplined and organised approach. The land lost due to the treaty would be won back as Hitler was planning to re-arm and form a military for the country. The Nazis would fight communism and destroy the USSR. This gave the impression that war would make Germany strong. This would make the public mentally prepared for war and motivated to join.However there were other reasons why Hitler had so many

Which was the biggest cause of the war; the Munich Agreement (Britain giving Hitler Sudetenland) or Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia?

701 words - 3 pages then, now he wanted the whole of Sudetenland by the first October.So on the 29th of September 1938 one last attempt was made to solve the crisis, Mussolini, Hitler, Chamberlain and Daladier (French Prime Minister) met in Munich and it was decided that Sudetenland would be given to Germany.You might be wondering, how can Hitler take over Sudetenland that easy? Well, Hitler began to build up his armed forces, in 1935 he introduced conscription

Similar Essays

How Far Do You Agree That The Policy Of Appeasement Was The Main Cause Of Wwii?

1949 words - 8 pages Germany signed the Munich Agreement, which allowed Germany to keep Sudetenland under the terms that Germany would stop its hostile expansion attempts. However, at the Munich Agreement, the Czech government was not present and did not agree with the loss of Sudetenland. Czechoslovakia felt that Britain and France betrayed them but also saw this as a way to prevent war and the invasion of the whole of Czechoslovakia. Hitler soon broke the Munich

"The Soviet Union Should Be Responsible For The Cold War, Instead Of The Usa." How Far Do You Agree To This Statement?

1287 words - 5 pages canal links to West Berlin, which was under the American Bloc. The aim was to force the West to withdraw from West Berlin by crippling them to starvation point. The Soviet Union also wanted to prevent America's influence of democracy and capitalism from spreading to the Soviet Bloc. The significance of such a blockade was that it convinced the Western Powers that no form of compromise is possible. The Western Bloc reacted to the blockade by

How Far Do You Agree With The Statement That Amir Only Saw Hassan As A Servant Not A Friend

939 words - 4 pages How far do you agree with the statement that Amir only saw Hassan as a servant not a friend.The Kite Runner is a novel that challenges the social status of the Afghan society and the test and sacrifices of true friendship, Amir and Hassan's relationship tests both of these concepts. This is because the only factor standing between their friendship is the fact that Hassan is an different type of muslin to Amir.Amir has always seen Hassan as more

To What Extent Do You Agree That It Was Defeat In The War Which Was The Real Factor Of The Russian Revolution ?

632 words - 3 pages situation was made worse by huge supply problems. Tsarina accompanied by Rasputin has run the country very badly and caused the reduction of Tsar's prestige. Even the person of the Tsar was very unfavorable for the monarchy. He was very indecisive and weak but his greatest mistake was that he didn't want to abandon autocracy and modernize Russian political system. The political system remained outdated still autocratic, very repressive and severely corrupted. Looking at this situation one can say that the revolution was unavoidable nevertheless the author believes that without the war, which had a devastating impact on Russia, the monarchy wouldn't have fallen in 1917.