Christopher Browning shows how the Police Battalion 101 was given a lot of racist of propaganda against the Jewish people. Browning says in his book, Ordinary Men, Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland, how the police helped in training and the practice of killing many people at once when forming the Battalion 101. Many of the members were not expecting to kill thousands of Jewish people. Browning shows why some of the new police members did not shoot the Jews that they were told to kill. The problem was caused by the moral beliefs of the men that were chosen to murder the Jews, and the orders that were given by the German Police members.
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.
He believed them to be inferior, almost sub-human, and seen it as his mission, to save the"master race" from their pestilence. As well as the overt discrimination shown in the new laws being passed, the more insidious work of indoctrinating the German people into accepting his extreme views began. A task made easier by the national feeling of ante-Semitism that was rife after WW1. The Nazis propaganda machine headed by Goebbels depicted the Jewish people as grasping, evil and untrustworthy. They began to take over every type of national media, and in doing so controlled all public information.
Therefore because this was becoming a racial war, this was an opportunity for Germany to 'cleanse' itself of Jews like it should have done centuries ago. With Hitler being Anti-Semitic and a strong leader for the Nazi party, Anti-Semitism was influencing the minds of ordinary German civilians. Adolf Hitler had previously been in prison before he became ruler of Germany in his second attempt. During the time he was in prison, he wrote a book called 'Mien Kamph' his book was incredibly racist and anti -Semitic, Hitler expressed his hatred for the Jews and influenced his readers into hating these 'impure' people. Hitler's main idea was to as he called it 'cleanse' Europe of these non- deserving people.
Browning explains the role of various social factors, such as ideologies, organizational pressures, and intrinsic (and extrinsic) motivations in prefacing and explaining his main argument, that the men of Battalion 101 killed out of peer pressure, adherence to authority, and situational pressure rather than pure blood thirst or pre-disposed hatred. Christopher Browning’s main argument stems from basic principles of Social Psychology. The question arose: how could these normal people do such terrible things? The answer, Browning and Milgram concluded, was obedience. Browning believes that the ordinary men of Ordnungspolizei Battalion 101 did not hate the Jews, were not bad people in their primal nature, and were simply victims of situational pressure, and Stanley Milgram’s famous (or infamous depending on one’s opinion) obedience experiment serves as perfect evidence and explanation for Browning’s argument.
In conclusion, there were many groups besides the Jews that became victims to the persecution and murder by the Nazis. There were motivations in creating a master race, and occupying new land to create space for the German people, protecting and watching out for any political parties or cultures that may have gone against Hitler or damaged his master race, and he wanted to rid his country of those unhelpful to it or going against religious traditions. Works Cited http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/victims.htm http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/VictHomo.htm http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/VictJeho.htm http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/USHMMROM.HTM http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/USHMMHAN.HTM http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005261
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However, “…his theories will probably remain a point of contention with historians for years to come.”4 The brutality and horror that is described throughout the book is, at times, overwhelming. To realize that one group of people can treat their fellow man with such heartlessness and savagery in what we call a civilized world is almost beyond comprehension. Notes 1. Hitler’s Willing Executioners, Book Jacket, 1996 2. Patterns of Prejudice, Erich Goldhagen, 1978, 12, No.1, 1-16 3.