Causes of the Holocaust The Holocaust took place for a number of reasons some of which were long term and others short term. The main reasons are; for centuries Germany had been an anti-Semitic country Jews were used as scapegoats for German problems. Also centuries of Nazi persecution caused the Holocaust in particular 1933 -1939 as well as Adolf Hitler and his racist views which influenced thousands of Germans. The Main reason for the holocaust happening was that Germany had been anti-Semitic for many centuries, and during those centuries the anti-Semitism had gradually got worse. 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.
It also served to secure the silent acceptance of millions of others that would continue to racially target with mass murder. One of the most effective factors Hitler used to control his fellow Germans, was the use of propaganda. He utilized his strengths of connecting to his audience, constantly redirecting the perception of everything his people withheld, and created a brainwashed society. There were several audiences for Nazi propaganda. Germans were reminded of the struggle against foreign enemies and Jewish authorities.
Volk (community), all German people should... ... middle of paper ... ...he acknowledges the Nazi state was less organised than outward appearances suggest, Bracher believes this was largely due to Hitler, who intentionally created multiple departments and encouraged competing interests. He did this to ‘divide and rule’. Thus, the 25-point programme had occurred due to Nazism and it’s influence of racism in the country. In conclusion, it is quite clear that NAZISM was largely influenced by racism. It is explored that Hitler’s influence of Social Darwinism and personal resentment impacted on a great portion of the population as his belief in the theory had led to the outcome of Anti-Semitism such as discrimination of those without the favourable characteristics mainly involving the Jews.
They blamed them for the declining of the German economy and whatever was going wrong in Germany, the Jews were held responsible. From this basis set, the Germans branched out a new form of anti-Semitism. It was the use of propaganda to rid Germany and the rest of the world of Jews and what they represented. They would take any measure to execute this task. To execute this task, the Nazi’s used new forms of publicity to receive the recognition that they thought would be beneficial.
Being that Nazi philosophy is essentially social dawanism targeted again the Jews and Bolsheviks, providing valid excuses and moral reasons for any attack on, or failure of the German race, the fittest of them all, against minority groups was a legitimate claim and justification for exclusion of these peoples. Hitler used racism to appeal to the pre existing bitter and aggressive side of German nature, thus securing his position as dictator and reuniting his people. Securing his position as the all powerful dictator, or Führer, is central to all of Hitler's policy decisions, be they foreign or domestic, and this was achieved through his, and the Nazi?s use of racism. Initially, Hitler used persecution and hatred of minorities such as Jews and communists to identify his sympathizers and supporters throughout the Government and general population, mainly young people and big business, and utilized this power, and appeal to secure his position as chancellor and later president of a united Germany.
Propaganda was also being used as a tool to gain the support of the German population for the war, and supporting their government. The Jew’s were the targeted race and were completely pulverized by the Nazi’s. Hitler not only tried to destroy an entire race, he gained complete control of an entire country. Thesis statement: Goebbels 's
The Nazis believed that propaganda consisted of swaying citizens toward a central idea so powerfully that they fully accept and support it (Kolb). Nazi propaganda was a powerful tool in implementing the Holocaust. Nazis used censorship and their control of the media to sway German citizens to their ideals and to quiet down opposition. Propaganda allowed the Nazis to successfully take control of Germany and carry out their plans while maintaining social stability within the country. Works Cited 1.
He wants to take out the competition, most specifically the Jews, so that the Aryan race can dominate Germany and eventually the world. Hitler makes another statement which begs the question: “Nature subject[s] the weaker part to such severe living conditions that by them alone the number is limit... ... middle of paper ... ... of nature. In fact, this belief, which does beg the question, is what predominates his thinking. Hitler uses fallacies in his arguments such as; non sequitur, ad populum and faulty appeals to emotion. All of these are simply apparatus that a terribly arrogant and insane man wields to acquire the absolute power that he did in fact attain.
Hitler's dominance and strict nature was a much-needed change for Germany after the ditches it has been through. All of the Nazi government’s actions were for the purpose of destroying the believed sickness of the old Germany and creating a new society. The government abolished democratic freedoms and institutions. In their place the government created an authoritarian state. The Nazis encouraged German culture and tried to ensure that all Germans were physically and mentally fit to an Aryan ideal.
Hitler also realised that democracy was failing and locked into this by creating a preference of order over freedom policy, he made it clear that Germany needed a leader, a dictator. One of Hitler's other objectives was to overturn the Versailles Treaty. He made this no secret, and the German people were attracted to this aim. With this Hitler managed to say that Marxists and Jews were a threat, that they were the criminals who signed the Treaty. People were convinced and manipulated to believe this, and so gave one of Hitler's aims more support, which was getting rid of Jews, Marxists and Communists.