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The responsibility of the Holocaust can always be argued. It is not as simple as blaming Adolf Hitler himself who began the Holocaust. The responsibility of the Holocaust lies with the many different reasons.

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Holocaust 3. The responsibility of the Holocaust can always be argued. It is not as simple as blaming Adolf Hitler himself who began the Holocaust. The responsibility of the Holocaust lies with the many different reasons. To decide which reason is ultimately responsible for the Holocaust all the sources must be examined. Surprisingly The Christian Legacy itself could be blamed for influencing the society in the wrong way against the Jews. Martin Luther quoted, 'What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews?' Martin Luther also perceived the Jews as unsolvable. The hatred of the Jews was also encouraged by these words;' Gods rage is so great against them that they only become worse and worse through mild mercy...Therefore away with them'. The fact that Jesus Christ was persecuted and murdered by the Jews, though he was a Jew himself, fuelled anger in leaders like Martin Luther against them. In those days many nations were based on Christianity and believed strongly in God so they listened to the powerful preaching from their church leaders. This probably led to the first anti-Semitic crusade in 1096. Soon armies were made to massacre Jews in Germany and France. They used the name of God as their representation. They believed God's wish was to annihilate the Jews because they had murdered Jesus Christ himself even though he was a Jew. ...read more.

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For example Hitler was aware that Germany served him with whatever they had so he manipulated the German citizens. He influenced them to destroy any Jewish businesses and racially abuse the considered inferiors. Laws were passed defining Jews and stripping their Human Rights. Jews could no longer walk along the streets of Germany with dignity and peace. The prisoners captured from Poland, 1939, were not killed until 1942 when Germany had created a successful process of dealing with the Jewish problem. Hitler was indirectly connected with these "final solutions" like Einsatzgruppen, killing centres and Auschwitz. Many of Hitler's ideas had already been exposed in Mein Kampf, some aggressive even before Hitler was appointed Chancellor. People knew what to expect. There was no clear evidence though that Hitler ordered the Holocaust though he is blamed solely for the Holocaust. Apparently Hitler tried to conceal his own personal involvement in the Holocaust. He told people in public and in private that the Jews were being 'resettled' or being mobilised for 'appropriate labour duties' There was no serious evidence in the form of papers signed by Hitler containing precise commands to slaughter the Jews. Hitler did not operate candidly. Though he could have just have spoken to Heinrich Himmler and ordered the killings through him, Hitler still evidently commanded the Holocaust. He would have had to be aware of such a large-scale killing even if it was not his idea. ...read more.

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Others argue that these same Jewish leaders faced no option in the situation they faced. They had to obey the Nazis or be exterminated. They did not really have justified option. This still is not enough in my mind to be able to acknowledge the blame to the Jewish Collaborators. The Holocaust was extremely horrific due to the fact that the Jewish race was almost completely annihilated. The aspect of the Holocaust that deserved the blame would be the division that controlled these killings. That is what brings me to the conclusion that Hitler himself was solely responsible for the Holocaust and should carry all the blame. If Hitler were so much feared and respected then surely nobody would have acted without his content or approval. He influenced this racist approach to people around him through his charisma backed with his highly racist perception of Jews. Hitler resented the Jewish race so much that killing them would have seemed the ultimate response to the 'problem' they were causing. The Fuhrer had the power to achieve any of his dreams within his reach so he organised the Holocaust and used the resources available to him, SS and the Army, to create this dream. This was to give him a dignified outlook. Wise it might seem this did not prevent him from being responsible for the Holocaust. He collaborated it with all his power so he was responsible. The responsibility for the Holocaust ultimately lies with Adolph Hitler, Dictator of Germany, a.k.a The Fuhrer. Benjamin Enwuchola Jr 02/05/2007 ...read more.

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