Taking Responsibility For The Holocaust Essay

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Taking Responsibility for the Holocaust

The hatred of Jews dates back hundreds of years. Jews were slaughtered
in there thousands during the 16th Centaury, and were seen as a
general menace. So, there has always been some kind of anti-semitic
view in Europe, especially the central part. There was also a very
large hatred of Jews within the German Christian Church. The Christian
church saw Jews as the murderer of their saviour and as such, was not
fond of any Jewish people. The hatred between the two religions
contributed greatly to the hatred of Jews in general in Germany.

The main blame for the holocaust has come to fall, fairly obviously on
Adolph Hitler and his Generals including, Goring, Himmler and
Heydrich. Hitler is portrayed as having envisaged and planned the
Final Solution from when he came to power until he died in 1945.
Hitler's fervent anti-semistism played a huge part in the persecution
of Jews during World War II. The Jews were frequently referred to in
Hitler's autobiography "Mein Kampf" and Hitler had made plain his
hated for them. References to the "filthy Jew" litter the book. In one
section, Hitler wrote about how the Jews planned to "contaminate" the
blood of pure Germans:

"The Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end...spying on the
unsuspicious German girl he plans to seduce...He wants to contaminate
her blood and remove her from the bosom of her own people. The Jew
hates the white race and wants to lower its cultural level so that the
Jews might dominate."

Hitler blamed the Jews for all the misfortunes that had befallen
Germany when he came to power. He believed that the loss of World War
I (which he had served in) was the result of a Jewish conspiracy;
Hitler blamed the Jews for all the misfortunes that had befallen
Germany when he came to power. He believed that the loss of World War
I (which he had served in) was the result of a Jewish conspiracy, the
Treaty of Versailles was also a Jewish conspiracy designed to bring
Germany to her knees and that the hyperinflation of 1923 was the
result of an international Jewish attempt to destroy Germany.
Nowadays, many ordinary people would see these accusations as paranoid
lies, just as many people are questioning Tony Blair and George W.
Bush on their decision to invade Iraq at the moment, but in 1933, the
people of Germany were very willing to listen to Hitler's outrageous
claims. However, when war broke out in 1939, Hitler's attitude changed
slightly, and not wanting to alienate himself from the German people,
tried to distance himself from the slaughtering itself. Hitler often
publicly claimed that the Jews were not being slaughtered but merely
"resettled". There has never actually been any documents found written
by Hitler that indicate that he did order the Final Solution but it
cannot be...

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