Critical Analysis Of Ordinary Men By Christopher Browning

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In Ordinary Men, the author, Christopher Browning describes the way the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 transformed from normal family-oriented middle class working citizens, to becoming murderers involved in the historic genocide of the Jews during the Holocaust in World War II. The Holocaust was a very brutal and emotional time for everyone, including those who were taking part in the slaughter of the innocent victims. The men who were assigned to the Reserve Police Battalion were from the working class, from Hamburg Germany, and lived ordinary lives prior to joining Battalion 101. Factors that contributed to these men turning into perpetrators and participating in the massacres included their tendency and desire to obey the orders from the state, their human response to stress brought on from the “enemy”, and not wanting to be looked badly upon by their superiors and peers. There was also the underlying fear that if they did not comply and carry out the orders of their superiors, something bad might happen to them or their families. Browning also discusses how simple it was for superior officers to order the Police Battalion members with little resistance. Browning illustrates the gruesome details of the shootings of the Jews, and how each time it got easier for the policemen. . Some of the men did find it very difficult to carry out the orders, and found some reasoning to justify their actions. Browning points out that it was not only hard for the policemen to

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