Holocaust Revisited


As soon as the Nazis came to power, they began to institute anti-semitic measures. Although the first antisemitic laws were not announced until 1933, individual acts of terror and brutality were inherent aspect of German life. Boycotts of Jewish shops were conducted by the Nazi storm troopers. Jews were beaten and arrested; some were killed and others committed suicide. When the Nazis strengthened and consolidated their rule in the March elections, outbreaks against Jews increase the intensity. From the facts of the Holocaust and the thousands of volumes of literature written about the Holocaust, I have derived that the “policy of genocide” was prefigured in Nazi persecutions of the ...

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of the uniqueness of the Holocaust as a historical event. The authors examine many opinions on this topic, and why or why not the Holocaust was unprecedented in its practical annihilation of a population and the reasons behind the wished elimination of the Jews. The other questions in the book are in regard to what happened in the concentration camps, and what is true and what is debatable.. These questions can be answered in many ways, and are supported on both sides by widely respected writers and historians. It is, in the end, up to the individual to determine his or her thoughts and feelings on these particular questions of the Holocaust. This book is an excellent took to show the different views and sides to the particular disagreements, and to help individuals understand all of the theories. It is essential to see all angles before coming to any conclusion, and this book is extremely helpful in doing so.
One of the first points made in the book is that the ...

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human community.” (Roth and Berenbaum, p. 3) They also feel that the Nazis felt that the elimination of the Jews was essential in order for their nation to survive. The functionalist, however, argue that the Holocaust’s uniqueness “stems from the unprecedented institutions created gradually by the Nazis-institutions that eventually became devoted exclusively to the production of death.” (Roth & Berenbaum, p. 3)
I feel that the intentionalist view makes more sense. I agree completely that the Holocaust is a unique historical event, unprecedented and since untouched by anything else. But the idea that the uniqueness of the Holocaust is in relation to the Nazis near elimination of an ...

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