Milgram Experiment Analysis

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Some people argue on many different things about Milgram’s experiment and how it was related to the Nazis treatment towards the prisoners. One critique was that the people participating in his experiment were assured in advance that no permanent physical damage would result from their actions. However, the Holocaust criminals were completely aware of their hands-on killing and damage of the victims. Another consideration was that the participants of the experiment did not know their victims and were not motivated by racism. Conversely, the Holocaust enforcers displayed an intense diminishing of the victims through a lifetime of personal development. Other people are inclined to believe that people who were serving punishment at the lab were not sadists and often displayed great torment and conflict in the experiment, which is dissimilar to the designers and assassins of the Final Solution, which was a plan to completely annihilate the Jewish population and had a clear "objective" on their hands set ahead of time. The last critique was that the experiment lasted for only an hour, which was no time for the subjects to consider the effects of their performance. On the other hand, the Holocaust continued for years with plenty of time for a good calculation of all individuals and organizations involved (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Milgram’s experiment ties into the way the Nazis treated the prisoners in concentration camps by the means of the researcher being thought of as Hitler, the teacher being the Nazi soldiers, and the learner being the Jews. Although the Nazis may have not wanted to kill the Jews, they had no other choice or they would lose their life. In this case it makes the affairs of the 1940's Nazi Germany an... ... middle of paper ... ...d never act like they did and that what they did questioned morality. This could be the same way for the Nazi Germany soldiers. Supporting the general ideas of the understanding of evil, Milgram and Zimbardo’s research has shown that people conform compliantly and carelessly to both the commands and the roles that authorities provide however wicked the orders may be. In recent times this consensus has been challenged by experimental work informed by social identity inferring. This suggests that individuals' inclination to follow authorities is restricted on empathy with the power in question and a related belief that the authority is correct. Many people argue that Philip Zimbardo’s experiment was a complete failure, when in actuality it was a success because he created an authoritative machine that simulated the real life violence of the Nazi concentration camps.
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