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January 28, 2008 - Sense that the people most involved in the holocaust, really came across to their interrogators after the war as normal people who really couldn’t explain what they have done. Nor did they seem to feel any remorse. They regarded the holocaust as something quite ordinary. - One of the things that the holocaust was one of the most successful policies launched by Germany during this period. Eliminated something like 3/4 th of the Jewish populations in Europe. - More successful then the economic policies of Europe during this time. - It was successful at the same time as it was successful it also showed some of the irrationality in the German war effort between 1938 and 1945 towards the end of the war as Germany was being pressed by the Soviet Union from the east and the allied forces from the west Germans really need to mobilize all of its resources, they devoted increasing resources to the holocaust. It seems that their aim was to kill as many Jews as possible before they lost the war. - The sheer efficiency of the holocaust which seems to be striking from some points of view to gather up Jewish populations - When you come down to the ground level and look at the ways in which the transportation and the killing was carried out it takes on a much less efficient appearance. - Lists of numbers of Jews transported to the death camps, total over just 45 000 Jews - Great deal of resistance from Jews. Regularly pried off boards of the sides of cattle cars and they escaped. - As these trains went across Jews were escaping and running away the whole time - The job of the guard was to stop people from breaking out, and if they did break out their job was to shoot. - On many of these convoys they didn’t have any ammunition and they were reduced to collecting stones. - The fragile nature of the holocaust, carried out by many people who were unwilling at many levels to carry out - Many people (the policemen) who refused to participate and said they couldn’t do it they were excused from participation. War in Europe and aspects at the home fronts during the war. - before the war healthcare didn’t exists, schools and education were very rudimentary - Censuses were not really important and therefore less precise.
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