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Writeup on The Failure to Comprehend by Walter Laqueur Lacqueur argues that during the Holocaust most people failed to understand early enough about what was going on, and when they did realize, most of them failed to take (enough) action, which was due to a number of different reasons. In regard to the first major failure (to comprehend), Lacqueur lists several reasons why there was “reluctance not only in Britain and the U.S. but also inside Germany and even among the Jews themselves to give credence to the news about the mass murder,” including the grossly exaggerated propaganda during WWI, that Hitler’s order to kill all Jews was not known long enough, false optimism and misjudgment of
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Unformatted text preview: the murderous nature of Nazism. The reasons of the second major failure (to take action) were, of course, different between Jews and the non-Jews. In regard to the non-Jews, Lacqueur points out that self interest and lack of interest in Jews’ fate often came into play and impeded the saving of the Jews; this is true for the U.S. government, Britain, Stalin, and neutral and international organizations such as the Vatican and the Red Cross. As for the Jews, Lacqueur presents several explanations for their inaction: total helplessness, ignorance of what would truly happen, and unwarranted optimism....
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