In What Ways Are Ethical Decisions In Regard To The Value Of Human Life Disregarded In Times Of War? What Are The Ramifications Of This? Using The Example Of 'the Holocaust',

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War and its savagery promote a primitive and callous disregard for human life. Nations at war tend to devise what is ethically right or wrong to promote their own cause. The Holocaust is the most prevalent example of this. Throughout this essay, I will demonstrate the ways in which ethical decisions in regard to human life are disregarded during times of war, in particular during the 'Holocaust' will be discussed. The essay will be commenced by assessing the moral ethics or lack thereof in Nazi Germany during and prior to the holocaust. Evidence will be provided to show how these ethics or lack thereof was left by the way side in regards to the 'Final solution' and the ramifications of this. It will be demonstrated how disastrous the impact of the abandonment of ethics had on human life and in particular on the minorities such as the Jews.'Immediately following Hitler's political rise and subsequent appointment as chancellor in January 1933 , the fascist Nazi party virtually swept away all domestic political opposition. The ideologies set out in 'mien kampf' where Hitler referred to Jews as "these black parasites of my nation" set the atmosphere of racism that was to plague Europe and claim millions of lives. In 1933 the Nazis began their propaganda and prejudice against the Jews who were a minority in Germany representing only 1 % of the population. The Jews began to feel the effects of Hitler's anti-Semitic policies as the Nazis propagated this hate 'through their speeches, leaflets, and in their published program that they would persecute the Jews as soon as they had the opportunity to do so.'In September 1935 some of the Nazis promises came into when effect when the 'Nuremburg Laws' were established, which stripped Jews of their citizenship and banned the marriage and sexual relations of Non-Jews and Jews. The extreme fascist political climate and the promise of cruelty to come resulted in many Jews becoming refugees. However, the outside world was not willing to accept all the refugees whom wished to flee. As a result hundreds of those who remained behind committed suicide as the humiliation of the Nazi rule imposed upon them a "social death" .The simmering hatred towards the Jews and the ease to which they were made the scapegoat for the economic and political downfall of Germany following world war one had revived traditional anti-Semitism on a national level. This hatred offered the Germans an excuse to disregard the value of human life. The persecution mounted further on 9-10 November 1938, when the systematic destruction of Jewish cultural and religious buildings, homes and businesses took place. This was referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass" or "Kristallnacht". Furthermore, over 20,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps, in the effort to expropriate land from the Jews. This expropriation of land heightened the anti-Semitic position held by the average German, as it was seen as an act of giving back the land to the Germanic...

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