Germany was a closed world, with knowledge being extremely restrained and limited to education only produced by Germany. Due to these confines, Hitler led his nation into a mindset in line with his doctrines which emphasized loyalty to the state of Germany and obeying Hitler’s rule (141). Judy Monhollen describes the anti-Semitic curriculum found in schools throughout Nazi Germany as racist and proving Aryan superiority in her article “The Effect of Nazi Propaganda on Ordinary Germans”. Monhollen demonstrates that, “history classes focused on the Nazi revolution and reinterpreted history based on racial principles, especially the significance of the Aryan race in world history. Biology centered on the laws of heredity, racial breeding, and
Hitler was able to persuade many German citizens that Jewish citizens caused their economic depression and their problems. The countries that helped him achieve his goal of the extermination
The Nazi’s sought to legitimize their power and called themselves the German Reich, taking inspiration from the past (World War II in Europe). Hitler entered office with the goal of genocide to achieve racial purity. He wanted to exterminate all races, especially Jews, that he considered unworthy. He believed in the master race, considering Aryan’s to be superior to all (Rossel 12). He invaded and occupied countries, wiping out their Jewish populations and leaving them in ruins.
Jewish men and women are portrayed similarly to rats in Nazi propaganda, sneaking everywhere, stealing, and spreading disease. Nazi propaganda was effective because it began desensitising the inhumanity of the Jews to the christian populus. Furthermore, Jewish people are portrayed as: short, dirty, and hairy, further subhumanizing the jews and adding to the morality behind the genocide. How did these elements legitimize the systemic dehumanization of jews. Convincing the German people that Jews were subhuman was vital to the dehumanization, and ultimately, the attempted elimination of the Jewish People.
As Germans had been defeated in the First World War, they were experiencing great economic and social hardship during the late 1920 and early 1930s. They were forced to pay huge compensations to the Allies, and they suffered terrible inflation and mass unemployment. Hitler scapegoated the Jews for the hardship, and came up with anti-Semitic policies, which later led to a complex plan to eliminate the Jewish people. The main actors of the holocaust in Poland were Hitler, the Nazis, Jews and Poles. The greatest number of Gentile rescuers of Jews during that time were the Poles, despite the fact that only in Poland were people immediately executed if caught trying to save Jews.
Germany used speeches and propaganda to earn the love of their citizens and slightly induce them the Jew dehumanization. Before the war started, Hitler was the perfect leader. His regimen gave power and progress to the German community.
One of the earliest is when Bruno goes to ask father about the people on the other side of the fence, during the conversation Bruno 's father state’s “ Those people… well, they 're not people at all Bruno. (Boyne, 2005, page 53). This quote offers an explanation for why the Nazis were able to do what they did, they convinced themselves that the Jews weren’t human, therefore they didn’t deserve human rights or a life. These values are also shown through two events in the chapter a Bottle of Wine. When Lieutenant Kotler reveals that this father left Germany in 1938, this sparks a conversation in which the commandants ask what his father reason was for leaving Germany.
The Holocaust was an altruistic event during WWII where millions of Jews were viciously murdered by the National Socialist Group under Adolf Hitler’s command. The downfall of Germany began when the Great Depression hit in the late 1920’s and the early 1930’s; The Great Depression was a time of political disaster resulting in great civil unrest. The citizens started looking for a solution. Thus the Nazi Party quickly gained popularity. Beliefs of the Nazis included creating a “master race”.
The government used the state education system to propagate Nazi ideology, improve steadfastness to Hitler and get ready a huge number of German young men for military administration. Hitler used education as a source to manipulate the mindset of German children being the youth of Germany. Teachers of Jewish origin, liberal or socialist political beliefs were bullied and frog-marched out of the profession. As the Nazis penetrated schooled they modeled the educational programs to pass their own values and political beliefs. Hitler's view on education is that it served a sole purpose to ensure that a child was loyal to the Nazi state to ensure guarantee the Third Reich lasted for 1000