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3. Respsonsibility: who was responsible for the holocaust? Quintessentially modern=does the holocaust represent the perfect example of our modern society? -because it was a product of stat-initiated policies which resulted in elimination of religious minority that had been integrated into a larger society -we facilitated the holocaust and allowed it to happen by how we as Americans, and those other countries in the modern world, reacted to the events -ppl should have enforced punishment to the idea of the final solution -pope failed to use moral power against Nazis, international red cross failed too -idea that there could be a Hitler, or Eichmann in each and every one of us -Witnesses did almost nothing to save jewish lives, witnessing nations and agencies had choices and there is ample evidence that the choices made were not dictated by human concern as we think they should have been
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Unformatted text preview: -america is charged with indifference esp in the case of the rescue activities of FDR-initial failure in rescue phase led to the killing phase-demoralization and loss of confidence in the west led to the death camps-other nations were too concerned with their concrete reality only focusing on surviving for another day, which is the selfish mentality that exists in our modern world-alexander donat says “we fell victim to our faith in mankind, our belief in humanity had set limits to the degradation and persecution of one’s fellow man”-it could easily happen again bc our modern world allowed it to happen in the first place by being bystanders-the ideologies of the perpetrators (Nazis), the functional demands of the organizations of destruction, and the productive behaviors of victims...
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