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Assess the view that the holocaust was due to a long term plan of Hitler

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Assess the view that the holocaust was due to a long term plan of Hitler's? Due to a formulated and structured plan? Or due to incontrollable influence of conflicting events? The extermination of the Jews was however not initial but took a gradualism approach. Whether this was planned is a subject of disputation and controversy .Functionalist historians state that it resulted from increasing radicalisation. They agree it was an accumulation of events which led to the "final solution" and due to other governmental direction such ad Heydrich or Himmler. Another school of thought however find significant evidence apparent in Mein Kempth of Hitler's determination and desperation to "eradicate" the Jewish race. Thus exemplifying the conception that the Holocaust was part of a "long term ideal" [Interpretation C] of Hitler's deep in the book, something which the intentionalists credit Daniel Jonah Goldhagen said it was a long held ideal Hitler had clear and direct goals it was designed to look like a gradual growth e.g. Night of Broken Glass completely contradicting with [Interpretation A]which argues the extermination of the Jews was due to "subsequent escalation". Daniel Jonah Goldhagen of [Interpretation C] states the regime was "determined and not linear and unambiguous". ...read more.

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it also agrees with [Interpretation D] "there were measures taken against the Jews".However the view of [Interpretation A] disagrees and states "They were determined to exclude the jews from society but little thought had been given to how thius was to to be achieved" adds the extra bit of information that the Jews extermination was spontaneous .ity has the implication that Hitler didn't know the ultimate direction beforehand . "this is not to imply the inventors the inventors of the final solution had a clear idea" On the other hand [Interpretation C] says the ideas were"clear".Two conflicting arguments .Hitler spoke of the importance of"the extermination of the peoples devil".The view is argued by Trevor Roper that Mein Kampf was "a complete blueprint of his intended achievements" On the contrary Hitler has been seen to be by many as an "weak dictator". Interpretation D states that "heydrich ws more than happy to use Hitlers blanket of authoritization"This reveals to us of Hitlers possible lack of dedication towards the cause. That he preffered for work to be done on his behalf.Hitler was not the one who orchestrated the holocaust advocated by Dick Geary "the absence of clear lines of authority".This links with as [Inteprtation B] Which agrees that nazi organisation was in line with atrocities . ...read more.

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The eradication of the Jews was ahead of a "long list" Further evidence suggests of Hitlers premeditation about the holocaust about the holocaust " but the final objective must be the complete removal /Entferning of the Jews".The letter was written in 1919 to his military superior Adolf Gemlich This written eveidence as Hitler states "final objective" meaning the same thing as the final solution .It can therefore be argued he had intentional goals that were preplanned .This also highlights the fact that Hitler gave orders to his officals and they knew his core intentions years in advance ."Heydrich was more than happy to use Hitlers blanket of auauthorosiationto expand killing into the overall programme of Europe under genocide".Top offocials such as Heydrich and Himmler took matters into their own hands .This view is complemented by historian Fritz Redlich who states "at times Hitler proposed less radical measurses than other Nationalists Socialists such as Heydrich and Himmler This implies that although Hitlers undisputable anti-Semitism both historians stress his small role in the the Genocide . On the other hand [Interpretation c] disagrees with this and says Hitler was "determined to undertake a task" .This point is strenghed historian Fritz Redlich as he says "obviously only he could undertake a task" and "he had helpers to...execute his wishes".Not leaders as [Interpretation D] suggests ...read more.

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