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

What was the purpose of the final solution?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What was the purpose of the final solution? The sole purpose of the final solution was that Hitler and the Nazi's were aiming to create a master race. Hitler called this the Aryan race and he gave the SS the job of making the German people into this. The ideal Aryan race in Hitler's eyes was tall, had blond hair and blue eyes. Long before the Wansee conference, almost 10years, Hitler and the Nazi's were already discriminating and destructing the Jewish population in Germany. It wasn't just Jews they discriminated against, it was also homosexuals, gypsies and many other ethnic minority's in Germany at the time. Hitler and the Nazi's first attack on the Jewish people were to boycott their businesses. This in affect only lasted for one day because not that many people listened to Hitler's request, the German people carried on buying from Jewish business' because in most cases they were the only shops that people could buy from. Next was the Laws established to ban Jews from any job in the civil service such as teaching or being a solicitor. The Wansee conference is when the Nazis drew up plans and the organisation of the final solution to the Jewish problem. The meeting took place in Berlin in January 1942. The Nazis reviewed the possible alternatives for the removal of Jews from Germany. ...read more.

Middle

People also heard and greatly discussed what they heard through allied radio channelling. The allies talked about how many millions of Jews had been exterminated. The response from a well-known German Ludwig Haydn states, "With regard to the mass murder of Jews, the broadcasts merely confirm what we know here anyhow". Source three also tells us about a leaflet that had been dropped on Germany by the allied forces. The U.S. air force dispersed 9million copies of this leaflet, which referred to the explicit information of the mass murder of Jews in the camps, detailing greatly how this was "One of the most terrifying crimes recorded in history". Despite each of the three sources analysing different aspects of the German publics knowledge of the Final Solution they all give examples of how the German people would discover the information. Both source two and three both metion the Allies had a big part to play in how German people gained information both during and after the War. Source one on the other hand, tells of a more personalised instance where local people were affected "when the ashes from the crematoria fell, they settled on the front lawns." How reliable is the source 4 as evidence of what the German people knew about the final solution? Source four is an extract from an illegally produced pamphlet by 'the white rose,' an extremist anti-Nazi resistance movement. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Men and women screamed and fainted. Others were led away crying hysterically. All swore that during the past years they had no idea what had been going on in the camp just outside their town. Source 8 states that "An enormous number of ordinary, representative Germans became...Hitler's willing executioners". Use all the sources to explain whether or not you support this view. This quotation is partly true. An enormous number of people did become "Hitler's willing executioners"; we learn this through source 3. In source 3 it tells of the SS man who openly talked and somewhat boasted about the number of Jews being killed every week in the camp where he worked. It tells us he "Openly boasted about the liquidation of the Jews". This kind of behaviour shows us that a man was willing to carry out such crimes as murder and even go on to boast makes it worse because executing and murdering a great number of people is not done by an ordinary, representative German. In source 1 we learn how people were not willing executioners. This is because we hear of the workers at an extermination camp being told "Keep quiet about this or face the death penalty" by a senior soldier. This is obviously not the sort of language someone would be using to a "willing executioner". These people were obviously afraid by what they seen and were later probably made to dispense of the body's. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 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 GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. Why was the decision to carry out the final solution made in 1941?

    However with the development of the war the possibility of emigration vanished. The war provided a necessary smokescreen for the Nazis. While other European countries were preparing themselves for the war that was enfolding in Europe the Nazi's were able to carry out one of the most savage acts against humanity.

  2. Reasons for the development of the final solution

    Jews should have been gased as a result of winning the First World War. Although this statement is again ambiguous & shouldn't be seen as conclusive evidence that Hitler planned the final solution. In my opinion the holocaust was a result of wartime problems as the structuralists do.

  1. The Final Solution Sources Coursework

    Source 6, "Public Opinion" writen by David Bankier provides even stronger evidence that the Germans could have been wary about the doom of the Jews. Information about the killing in the extermination camps divulged to the already suspicious public in many ways.

  2. Hitler - WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE FINIAL SOLUTION?

    These were small sealed of sections of towns that the Jews were forced to live in. No one could enter or leave without permission. Jews were given less than 200 hundred calories a day to live on. So not surprisingly many died of starvation.

  1. The Final Solution

    in the surrounding houses went down and when the ashes from the crematoria fell, they settled on the front lawns and source four informs us that the greasy smoke and the unmistakeable odour of burning bodies could be detected for miles around.

  2. The philosophy of totalitarianism: What is it and how does it affect our understanding ...

    Thus the system of terror not only 'encourages' near fanatical loyalty and support, but encourages competition among people the entire population to ensure their respective 'superiors'. This is the very fear that Hitler instilled in the echelons of the party; it is also why many of the policy decisions were undermined, complicated and ineffectual.

  1. What was the purpose of the "Finial Solution"?

    Hitler's aims were to subject the Jews to hard labour, then put them to death. I know from research through the Internet, that the camps resembled a very closely a mass-production line in a modern industrial plant. When a transport full of Jewish victims rolled into the nearby station, the

  2. The Final Solution - Sources Questions

    again, by several other different means, which shows that the German people must have known what was going on. Although the "Final Solution" was, in theory, supposed to be a well-guarded secret, many SS soldiers, " ...openly boasted about the liquidation of the Jews," and one man was reported to

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