For example, there is a man named Alois Brenner a holocaust war criminal has been living in Syria for years now and is unpunished due to the refusal of the Syrian government to cooperate(Zuroff). He was born in 1912 and last seen is in 2001 the probability of him being alive is very low. He was a "key operative of Adolf Eichmann, and responsible for deportation of Jews from Austria, Greece, France, and Slovakia to Nazi death camps."(Zuroff) A few other holocaust war criminals were able to escape their punishments for their crimes for various reasons. To elaborate, another man named Hans Lipschis was accused of crimes against humanity, but was unable to stand trial because he had dementia and is unfit to stand trail. As a result, holocaust war criminals die out soon there will die without punishment.(Zuroff)
The Holocaust was the mass genocide of 11 million people, 6 million of those people being of the Jewish heritage. With over 9 million Jews living in Europe before, these demoralizing events annihilated two-third of the Jewish population (Stahinich 7). The other 5 million people were those of different minorities and sub-categories such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Gypsies, people with handicaps, homosexuals, and Communists (Stahinich 8). The Holocaust took place in many different European countries. Many of these events happened in Germany, which was the birthplace of the Nazi party. The leader of the Nazi party, Adolf Hitler, had a plan to move eastward and conquer all of Europe and become a world power (Staninich 13). Hitler wanted for there to only be one race. Moreover, the Aryan race, which he dubbed supreme to all others. He wanted to terminate all of those who did not fall into his ideals of what was perfection (Rossle 14). Nevertheless, this was the birth of the Holocaust.
To conclude, the victims of the Holocaust were dehumanized and had their rights violated in almost every way. Two of the most blatant violations were those of article five and article nine of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. No human deserves to be placed in those brutal conditions and revive maniacal torture like those victims did. It is impossible to argue that the rights of these human beings were not violated in major
In the wake of Adolf Eichmann’s prosecution for commanding the slaying of over 1 million Jews, Psychologist Stanley Milgram called the role of authority into question. What would propel such evil acts from a seemingly normal man? In spite of what top psychologists assumed the outcome would be, the results were astounding. Despite the deep rooted convictions of the subjects opposed to causing physical harm to others, obedience to authority overcame the majority of the time (The Perils of Obedience by Stanley Milgram)
Individuals make choices every day that affect history. During the Holocaust, the mass murder of Jews during Hitler’s reign, ordinary European citizens shaped history by allowing Jews to die. Their decisions were greatly influenced by their understanding of the universe of obligation, which sociologist Helen Fein defines as “The circle of individuals and groups ‘toward whom obligations are owed, to whom rules apply, and whose injuries call for [amends]’ (“We and They” 56). The majority of ordinary citizens chose to neglect Jews in order to protect themselves or their families. However, some brave individuals called upstanders chose to stand up to the Nazi regime by rescuing Jews and other victims of persecution. Numerous bystanders claimed to have no other options when faced with a moral dilemma, and in doing so, they gave the perpetrators permission to hurt others. Bystanders enable perpetrators to commit atrocities; therefore, they are just as guilty of the crimes that the Nazis committed during the Holocaust.
Conformity and group mentality are major aspects of social influence that have governed some of the most notorious events and experiments in history. The Holocaust is a shocking example of group mentality, or groupthink, which states that all members of the group must support the group’s decisions strongly, and all evidence leading to the contrary must be ignored. Social norms are an example of conformity on a smaller scale, such as tipping your waiter or waitress, saying please and thank you, and getting a job and becoming a productive member of society. Our society hinges on an individual’s inherent need to belong and focuses on manipulating that need in order to create compliant members of society by using the ‘majority rules’ concept. This
For instance, “Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker on April 30th, 1945” (Axelrod 2). Adolf Hitler was a Nazi politician, and some believe he alone is to be blamed for the Holocaust, even though the Nuremberg Trials proved many others were guilty as well. When millions of people are killed, and one person that helped gets away, it is hard to be content. In addition to Hitler, “Goring was sentenced to death by hanging but two hours before his execution the “last renaissance man” committed suicide, taking a cyanide capsule he had managed to smuggle into the cell” (Catherwood and Horvitz 3). He had been tried and sentenced to death at Nuremberg, but instead of taking his punishment he rebelled. Goring decided killing himself was the best way to not show defeat, and get in one last victory. As a result of how many escaped, A man name Simon Wiesenthal wanted to bring justice to those who had escaped the Nuremberg Trials, including Adolf Eichmann whom had been in charge of the final solution. He also helped find nine out of sixteen wanted ss officers, and did much more to help in his time (Catherwood and Horvitz 2). The final solution was the plan to kill off as many Jews as possible before the war ended and Adolf Eichmann was in charge of that. So Simon brought him to justice, and even though some escaped their trials at Nuremberg, some were
Working thesis statement: Helping Jews was very dangerous in Nazi Germany during World War Two because of Hitler’s bigoted nationalism, yet numerous Germans civilians and soldiers assisted a Jew in some way during the time of war. In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Liesel’s fictitious family and friends help Jews in the same ways that real life Germans helped Jews to hide and escape during World War II.
There are many types of the teen activist. One type of teen activists is they fight for what they believe in even though their lives may be at risk. These teen activist have the nerve to go out and do what they believe in to help people around the world . They will break the rules if they have to stand up for what they believe in. Some teen activities fight for what they believe in even though their lives may be at risk .
"It was the virtue of the Nuremberg trial that it was conceived in hatred of war, and nurtured by those starved of peace. Of course, the trial was botched and imperfect…it had to deal with new crimes for which there was no provision in national law or international law." (Rebecca West). The trials were full of controversy and an overwhelming hope for justice which was the motive behind everything. The creation of the first concentration camp sparked the anger amongst the Allied nations leading to an increase of hostility. Throughout the Nuremberg Trials archive, the group of memorialized people are the German Nazis and the Allied powers. The Nazis whom were convicted on many accounts of
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
Terrible things happen to good people, but, “In spite of everything I still believe people are really good at heart.” In the play The diary of Anne frank ends with the statement “In spite of everything I still believe people are really good at heart.” Which, Everyone followed Adolf Hitler 's theory that Jews were the reason they lost the World war 2. From 1941 to 1945, Jews were systematically murdered in the deadliest killings in US history. Under the coordination of Adolf Hitler, with directions from the highest leadership of the Nazi party, every person of Germany 's army was involved in the logistics and the carrying out the mass murder. Killings took place throughout Germany and Europe and across all territories controlled by its
The Holocaust began many tragedies, many people dying and going through pain, being beaten and hung because they were jews. The Peace Resistance was to help many people get back to their old ways and connect back with their families if they had survived. Many jews were blamed for many things that were not true, they were treated the way there because non-jews believed Hitler and others who thought jews were not the perfect
The Holocaust is still a heavily reviewed subject and is debatably one of the worst if not the worst atrocity that has happened on this Planet up to date. To think that the Nazi’s were able to kill millions of people it has made us question what kind of people they were and if they were anything similar to us. It is hard to think of a perpetrator to be a normal human being. The Holocaust has made us question if the Nazi’s had any sense of moral sensibility when killing innocent and defenseless Jewish men and women. In the book Ordinary Men, Author Christopher Browning argues that these Nazi’s especially referring to the Reserve Police Battalion 101 were normal people who had instructions given by Hitler and their government to follow through with by devaluing all Jewish life. Although these Nazi’s were placed outside of their regular comfort zone, the mass murder that underwent during the Holocaust was more of an act for the soldiers to continue out with to avoid any sort of alienation from their own country.
In the 1940’s the Germans wanted to take rights and terminate the Jews. Some people tried to save Jews and help them by hiding them in their houses. Germans put over 6 million Jews in concentration camps and made them do work without pay, little food, and water. Women and very little children often got sent to gas chambers upon arrival. Jews usually work in the camp and did outside labor like factories, construction projects, farms or coal mines (Vashem). They walked miles to get to their work. If they did not corporate they were shot on sight. 11 million Jews were killed in the holocaust(Rosenberg).