What is the Holocaust? The Holocaust is by far one of the most brutal and inhumane occurrences within the pages of human history relating to wars, imperialism and power definition in the field of political standards that define leadership and how it affects the overall living stature of humans in particular areas of the world. The Nazi rule during the time specifically affected the thinking of many people towards the Jews and other individuals who did not submit to the governmental administration of Hitler’s primary administration. The violence directed towards these individuals specifically escalated the hate that people developed towards the Jews. Given that there were no specific world-defined guidelines with regards the need to follow rules on identifying the clauses protecting human rights yet during the said era, the Holocaust has become one of the primary operations of the Nazi administration, a matter that was further assumed by the members of the Nazi regime as a necessary plot to reestablish modern Germany, to purify people from all the distinct considerations of defilement brought about by the condition of people being involved in specific religious groups such as the Jewish belief which is understood by Hitler’s followers as a direct defilement to the German culture and the German race.
What impact did the Holocaust have on the people who have a lineage to the ones involved in the case” How do they see the situation based on their own perception of the situation? To note how such occurrence in the society affected the overall living situation of the people in Germany, Alice Schrutenoff, a descendant of one of the SS officers now living in America, has been interviewed for the cause of understanding how sociological structures and theories specifically defined the process of how people were treated during the application of the Nazi’s governance in Germany and other colonies of Hitler’s administration. Alice is currently 18 years of age and is studying in a University in the United States. She says that whenever they tackle about history in class and a distinct attention is placed upon the Nazi regime, she somehow feels guilty. Although it was not her fault, the lineage of connection she has with one of the SS members specifically make it hard for her to forget that somehow, a particular part of her blood has shared in what is sensed as a rather demonic approach to the situation that Hitler wanted to establish in his nation and among those whom he established his colonies with.
What makes the culture of killing, but common thought among its perpetrators? Regarding this matter, Alice imposes that somehow, the SS officers seem to have something in their minds, a strong conviction that what they were doing was right, kept them pushing for such killings. These people, according to her, were not monsters in nature. They were happy people, they are but averaged individuals if they are to be judged based on the pictures that she have seen showing her grandfather along with the other SS officers after a particular killing operation against a group of Jews. She mentioned how it was likely that they believed they were doing the society a favor by eliminating these groups, the very matter that made the Holocaust a successful feat for the Nazi administration.
What does the Holocaust impose about human development and belief; a matter that is significant in the society today? Relatively, people believe in what they think is right. This does not mean that what they know and understand is actually correct, but because of their perception and conviction on such issues that support their beliefs or somehow they might have been logically convinced to believe, they become accustomed to the ideals of such belief. For this reason, they become more accepting in any particular commands or particular activities that they are asked to undergo in relation to the particular doctrines, rules and cultures promoted by the said beliefs. The only thing that made the Nazi rule rather inhumane is the fact that its values are against the traditional idea of respecting life and what it offers. Considerably, people living in Germany during the time were confused about what was happening; on whether or not it is really necessary to purify the nation from all defilements that the Nazi rule imposes. However, among all of these confusions, the SS officers, as noted by Alice [interviewee] believed that they were doing their nation a favor to be purified and to raise a distinct race that would be supreme above all other races of the world.
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