Meagan Moor

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Peer Pressure and racism within Germany During the Holocaust German people were always happy, right? Wrong! Peer pressure and racism within Germany played a huge role in the German participation in state-sponsored genocide and murder. The peer pressure from Hitler and the Nazis got families to support the Nazis and pressures German men to join the Nazis to help kill more Jews. The racism allows the Germans to treat the Jews with disrespect and kill millions. German people are participating in the horrific murders because there were so many forces behind them pushing them to believe Nazis are good. One way this has such a huge affect on German families, is that people within the families are hypnotized that the Nazis and Hitler are good people, so they let this continue with no regret. As show in the movie “boy in the stripped pajamas” produced by David Heyman, the German people are persuaded to believe that everything is the Nazis are doing is okay and not a problem. The Nazi used propaganda films, stories and pictures to persuade the German families to give the Nazis money and supplies to continue the killings of Jews. What these families think is that the Jews are being held in fancy camps with enough food, fun activities’ and high quality living conditions. People don’t know is they are helping the Nazis create the holocaust and they don’t even realize it. Peer pressure also has a huge affect on the men of Germany. Hitler and the Nazis, to the German people, were doing the right thing. This makes the men of Germany want to be apart of this great thing and help the world of these creatures. Without any doubt, these German men would join the Nazi Party .A large amount of men joining the Nazis lead to more people to help... ... middle of paper ... ...throughout Germany caused many problems for Jews that they can never recover from. Racism and peer pressure had many affects on the participation of German people toward state-sponsored genocide. The Jews will never be the same after the holocaust. Works Cited Holocaust timeline: “aftermath” A teacher guide to the holocaust, Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida © 2005. Holocaust Timeline: “rise of the Nazi party” a teachers guide to the holocaust Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida © 2005. Dave Ursillo “Ordinary Men Committed to the Holocaust” Christopher R. Browning, Ordinary Men (New York: Harper, 1992). “Racism “United States Holocaust Memorial Museum United States Holocaust Memorial Council, June 10, 2013

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