Genocide of the Holocaust

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Genocide of the Holocaust Arthur Caplan, editor of When Medicine Went Mad: Bioethics and the Holocaust, states, "The Holocaust, unlike many other instances of mass killing, was scientifically inspired, supervised and meditated genocide." Since all genocides are a grand-scale effort to systematically eradicate populations, their success hinges on having large portions of a nation going along with genocidal policy. The individuals in a society must be convinced of genocide's legitimacy in 'their case', they need to forget that it is murder. Genocide obtains it legitimacy for the people of a nation from professionals, those knowledgeable individuals that provide the ideological, intellectual, and scientific basis to justify the complete destruction of a group. It is the status these professional hold that okay destructive actions, all of the statements they make are thought to be important as well as accurate. A well-educated man in good standing...How could he be wrong? In the case of Germany, doctors began small. Doctors began to try and use hygiene and sanitation to fight diseases such as typhus, cholera, plague, influenza, and smallpox. They then identified Jews as carriers of these diseases. And it was not long before these associations forced the Jews into small, overcrowded ghettos. This was, of course, justified and necessary, given the doctors' finding regarding these diseases. These ghettos were without proper sanitation, and considering the extreme overcrowding, there was soon quite an outbreak of disease, and the doctors had their 'proof' that Jews were dirty and diseased. In fact the Jews became the disease in people's... ... middle of paper ... ...schools and institutions to bury their tissue sample collections in 1990. . In the book Hitler and the Final Solution by Gerald Fleming, there is a quote from Hitler that says, "Once I am really in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews." He nearly achieved his goal with the help of the Nazi doctors, killing nearly six million Jews. Works Cited Gutman, Yisrael and Michael Berenbaum. Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp. Indiana University Press: Indianapolis, 1994. Lagnado, Lucete Matalon and Sheila Cohn Dekel. Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz. William Morrow and Company: New York, 1991. Lifton, Robert Jay. The Nazi Concentration Camps: Medicalized Killing in Auschwitz. Yad Vashem: Israel, 1984. p. 207-55.

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