Week 8 Response - Week Eight Response: Question Two In A...

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Week Eight Response: Question Two In A Problem from Hell , Samantha Power discusses the humanitarian attempts to provoke an American response to the atrocities occurring during the Holocaust. She elaborates on the shortcomings of humanitarian efforts to impart a true sense of urgency amongst the American public and government. Power explains that America, and other Allied Powers, were overwhelmed with the war effort, and therefore chose to put the alarming evidence that was presented against the holocaust on the backburner. In short, the preoccupation of Allied forces led to the inability of most the world’s government to relate to the sufferings during the holocaust. Similarly, in the case of Adolf Eichmann, failure to relate to those suffering led to his inability to respond humanly to obvious human rights violations. In particular, Eichmann’s naivety proved to be the greatest factor in his detachment from those suffering. Eichmann justified his actions by saying simply that he was doing his duty,
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course L&S 140D taught by Professor Laqueur during the Spring '11 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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