Many view the Western Powers as innocent in this conflict, however this article states otherwise. This goes against the norm, which is valuable because one person/country’s opinion should not count more than another’s. This source is also valuable because it not only describes East and West Germany’s reaction but the reaction of the rest of the world. It shows that the conflict in Germany was taking place on a much bigger scale. • Limitations – This source is trying to make you think and questions what you have thought all along.
David’s claim that the Holocaust occurred because the Germans became unusually cruel is false based on the fundamental attribution error and Milgram’s experiments. The fundamental attribution error is the tendency to attribute other people’s behavior to internal factors, instead of accounting for situational factors. David committed this error when stating that Germans, as a whole, were “sadistic people with abnormal and twisted personalities”. David did not account for the immense pressure that the German public felt from Hitler during World War II. Although many atrocities were being committed, the Germans feared for their lives if they stood up for the Jews and disobeyed Hitler’s rule.
He claimed that Germany had put everything and everyone in jeopardy and that the public had to take a stand as a nation against Germany’s animosity. “only the restoration of right and the assurance of liberty everywhere that the effects of the settlement were to be felt. We entered the war as
This is shown in how the Kaiser could not use his power to stop the Reichstag from forcing him to write an apology, this has a lot of weight due to the fact that he is supposed to have overwhelming power but could not use it. This also shows how the base of power did not lay directly with the Kaiser. Moreover, the fact that some important decisions were kept from him show how people thought that he could not be trusted and should be avoided carries some weight on the argument because
This obviously shows that Germans disliked the treaty when he describes the treaty “disgraceful” and they were really angry. Count Brockdorff-Rantzau, leader of the German delegation at Versailles said Article 231- the war-guilt clause - was: "a lie". Germany officially denied the war-guilt clause in 1927. He also stated “Those who sign this treaty, will sign the death sentence of many millions of German men, women and children. ”-He is trying to portray that treaty of Versailles will make the German people suffer.
When understanding the context and function of the speech, it opens up new avenues into Germany history, and a deeper appreciation of its merit. By understanding these elements of the source, it allows the reader to have a clearer interpretation of the text as a whole, and a better understanding of the environment in which it was
“One day in 1942, copies of a leaflet entitled the White Rose suddenly appeared at the University of Munich. The leaflet contained an anonymous essay that said that the Nazi system had slowly imprisoned the German people and was now destroying them. The Nazi regime had turned evil. It was time, the essay said, for Germans to rise up and resist the tyranny of their own government. At the bottom of the essay, the following request appeared: Please make as many copies of this leaflet as you can and distribute them.
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) According to Milgram in his famous writing, The Perils of Obedience, “Even Eichmann was sickened when he toured the concentration camps, but had only to sit at a desk and shuffle papers.”
It has been said that “Silence gives posthumous victory to Hitler.” Posthumous means “after death.” People may be indifferent to this subject now that they see it is long over, but if that is how people think, then Hitler may have won afterall. If people are silent then others will forget. If people forget, then they will no longer know the terrors the Holocaust has caused. If they forget the terrors, then Hitler will have won. Nobody will remember his horrifying deeds, nor will they remember the sheer terror felt by the Jews. People will refer to the Holocaust as a fallacy or a myth; that it never existed. There may even be a few rumors that Hitler was a gallant hero who tried to save people from the Jews since nobody knew the truth, for people were silent. On the other hand, one person chose not to stay silent.
They, like most would, felt guilt. The passage in Document D states how the blame was put on Germany and also how they took it. germany felt the accusations against them were unfair and cruel. Nevertheless they felt the effects of guilt and embarrassment. They did not feel like they were at the top anymore.
The first hanging, the Warsaw native who had been in the camp for three years, was fully grown and filled with defiance towards his German captors. He showed no fear of his executors, refused to be blindfolded and before his death, shouted out his denunciation of the action being taken. On page 62 of Night by Elie Wiesel it states “The hangman...was about to signal his aides to pull the chair from under the young man's feet when the latter shouted, in a strong and calm voice: "Long live liberty! My curse on Germany! My curse!
Terms such as “The Guilty, Guilty, murd’rer walks abroad… MURD’RER !” (Frederick 4.2). The soldiers involved were tried and convicted; however, only given token punishments (Brinkley 97). This propaganda did not address the rational or evaluate the justification for the killing of the five that perished in the event. The purpose of this article was to incite the masses and further shift the opinions of the populous.