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Holocaust. Precis Browning - door” concept Once the...

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A “précis” of Browning’s Ordinary Men In Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men, a continuous theme of obedience is presented. It is expressed that the single most influential factor leading to the Nazi Genocide was the willingness of the officers to carry out the orders given to them as German soldiers. Most disturbing, however, is the officers’ ability to retain their values of morality while still succumbing to, for lack of better words, “peer pressure,” of the ideologies of their government and country. Browning’s focus on the Jozefow massacre, though insignificant to the big scheme of the Holocaust, seems to exhibit a psychological “foot in the
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Unformatted text preview: door” concept. Once the soldiers were persuaded to perform what was inevitably a “small” task, they were easily able to move forward onto the desired task. The massacre at Jozefow was also one of the few times where perpetrators outnumbered the victims, thus making it easier to justify their actions. His ideas are best illustrated through the quote, “If the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 could become killers under such circumstances, what group of men cannot?” (Browning 189)....
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