• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 essays

  1. This essay will examine the rise of anti-Semitism from ancient times to the Holocaust ...

    The Munich Agreement of September 1938, made to appease Hitler's threats to takeover Czechoslovakia, ceded the Sudeten area of the country to Germany. This was part of the Nazi Lebensraum policy to provide living space for the Aryan nation and resulted in the Jews living in these countries being stripped of their possessions and jobs, and resettled in ghettos.

  2. How far was the holocaust a long term plan of nazi racial policy?

    " The Fuhrer's prophecy is coming true in the most terrible way"7, suggests that Hitler's will was taken by the Hitler's followers and then turned into coherent policy. In order for the holocaust to have occurred someone must have initially listened to Hitler's speech, concocted a plan of action and

  1. Was Hitler a weak dictator?

    he used the Gestapo and the SS to induce fear over any sort of opposition found. Actions like getting rid of the SA or Jews being sent to concentration camps showed the population that no opposition towards his government would be accepted and that a strong fist was ruling Germany, and this was Hitler.

  2. No Hitler: No Holocaust How far is this statement by the historian Michael Marrus ...

    The Nazi elite made up of individuals such as Hermann Goering, Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Himmler, although following orders and part of a system or process, in practicallity played huge roles in the Holocaust. The elite often originated the detail of anti-semetic policy, for example, Himmler's and Goering's role in

  1. Assess the view that the Holocaust was mainly a result of a long term ...

    In line with his overall argument the effect is to imply that the Holocaust in itself a long term plan, which is a misrepresentation given the author's avoidance of this terminology. In truth, the language used by Hitler on the issue was only consistent it is obscurity.

  2. The Wannsee Conference was entirely responsible for the Holocaust. How valid is this assessment ...

    It is clear on the source that Hitler was not happy to have the Jewish people in Germany and that their actions would be detrimental to mankind. His own opinion is very important as it proves that he had already formulated prejudices against Jewish people and describes them as a "parasite".

  1. What in your view was the short term significance of the Decembrist Revolt?

    Much like repression, in the shorter term, censorship was rooted in actions of the imperial chancery's Third section, and the Ministry of Education. Books, specifically of western origin, and journalism were censored to prevent the spread of liberal ideas, yet with regard to the relative influence of the Decembrist revolt

  2. The Holocaust was the result of Hitlers long held grand design to pursue a ...

    Intentionalists not only stress Hitler?s anti-Semitic speeches and literature as a basis of annihilation but also emphasize the role of pre-existing anti-Semitism in German and European society. Daniel Goldhagen argues that ordinary Germans were willing participants in the Holocaust, which he claims had its roots in a deep eliminationist German anti-Semitism.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work