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The role of blind obedience in the atrocities committed in germany under adolf hitler

Everyday Murder: Nazi Atrocities, Committed by Ordinary People

Application to the Holocaust 1. Substantial cultural socialization a. Catholoic Church including the Pope supported the Nazi party, so pathway to heaven was not blocked 2.

  • It is clear that without overwhelming military and civil obedience Hitler would never have been able to mobilise the masses and lead many of them to commit one atrocity after another;
  • Just as there is usually more than one perpetrator, there is a host of reasons why perfectly normal men turn to murder:

The special case of perpetrators in Nazi Germany: Integrating the historical evidence and scientific research A. Except for Dawinowitzc, not much support B.

The role of blind obedience in the atrocities committed in germany under adolf hitler

Cultural explanation dispositional or situational? Goldhagen's "Hitler's Willing Executioners" "Germans' antisemitic beliefs about Jews were the central causal agent of the Holocaust. They were the central causal agent not only of Hitler's decision to annihilate European Jewry.

  1. Ignores that many non-Jews were also systematically killed 3. While the Allies were busy bombing civilians in Hamburg and Dresden, the nonviolent resistance movement saved thousands of people from concentration-camps.
  2. The Hitler Youth was separated by age and sex. In Hamburg, it was the swing crowd, who met for dances and coiffed their hair with pomade.
  3. Some committed their first murders in the 1920s and 1930s. When there is less personal responsibility obedience increases.
  4. Either from first-hand experience, or because they were alone, living frightened in an air raid shelter during the bombing of German cities, often without their parents and searching for family amongst the ruins.
  5. The new German armed forces were a different beast than their predecessors. The role of blind obedience in the atrocities committed in germany under adolf hitler Adolf hitler was the leader of germany from 1933 to 1945 he was leader of the nazi party and became a powerful dictator hitler started world war ii by invading poland and then invading many other european countries he is also known for wanting to exterminate the jewish people in the holocaust.

The conclusion of this book is that anti-semitism moved many thousands of "ordinary" Germans -- and would have moved millions more had they been appropriately positioned -- to slaughter Jews. Not economic hardships, not the coercive means of a totalitarian state, not social psychological pressure, not invariable psychological propensities, but ideas about Jews that were pervasive in Germany, and had been for decades induced ordinary Germans to kill unarmed, defenseless Jewish men, women, and children by the thousands, systematically and without pity.

Germans not only agreed with orders to kill but enjoyed their work 2.

  • This response to legitimate authority is learned in a variety of situations, for example in the family, school, and workplace;
  • Just before the end, adolescents were pulled into the war A new life, in ruins And then came May 8, 1945, the offcial date of the German capitulation;
  • Recognizes a wide variety of contributing factors, including anti-semitism 2;
  • Girls were prepared for their future role as mothers, and the future soldiers were taught to stand at attention and obey;
  • Bearing in mind that I have two babies at home, I knew that they would suffer exactly the same treatment, if not ten times as bad, at the hands of these hordes;
  • By 1945, there were around 200,000 young air force and naval auxiliaries.

Anti-semitism certainly an important factor, undoubtedly necessary for the Holocaust to have taken place 3. Validated by the fact that the Holocaust could not have occurred without the support and assistance of many thousands b. Ignores many compelling psychological and situational factors Is antisemitism sufficient? Ignores that many non-Jews were also systematically killed 3.

  1. The primary responsibility for the holocaust rests on hitler, and the nazi party leadership, but initiatives to persecute jews, gypsies, and others were perpetrated by the schutzstaffel ss , the german military, ordinary german citizens, as well as by collaborationist members of various european governments, including their military.
  2. To ensure that everyone complied with the regulations, some 50,000 Hitler Youth patrolled the streets across the country, cutting long hair short and spitting in any girl's face who dared to wear even a touch of lipstick.
  3. Blind obedience and the stanley milgram experiment the role of obedience in the six million jews by adolf hitler and the nazis in germany.
  4. Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan Article... Sabotage, underground newspapers, and use of oppositional symbols were early examples of resistance movements.
  5. For nonviolent resistance to be really effective, it needs the same level of preparation and training as a military army. It was both a part of the struggle and important preparation for the day when the Germans left.

Ignores that there were many anti-semites who were not German. Indeed, many assisted the Germans C.

1945: Youth in ruins

Recognizes a wide variety of contributing factors, including anti-semitism 2. Presents relatively persuasive evidence that many Germans did not want to kill and tried to evade the task 1. Over-reliance on German perpetrator testimony which is rather revealing in this case 2. Probably understates the importance of anti-semitism D.