Leech The Economics of the holocaust (3)

Leech charged along with other nazi officials for

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Leech charged along with other Nazi officials for planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression; conspiracy to commit crimes against peace; and war crimes and crimes against humanity. Funk pleaded with the court that he was just a subordinate and actually held little power within the Reich, however evidence and documentation providing during the trials disputed this claim and Funk was sentenced to life imprisonment. The spread of Nazism throughout Germany and throughout Hitler's Reich must be regarded to a very large to degree to have been dependant on the systematic theft and exploitation of Jewish wealth and labor. Without a doubt, the forced-labor of the Jews contributed to the early success of Hitler's military conquests and allowed for the expansion of the Reich into the conquered territories. “It has now become evident that the expropriation of the Jews was integral to the social policy of the National Socialist regime and to the regimes of its Fascist imitators, and that a vast number of people benefited from the jobs, enterprises, properties and assets of the Jews, assets that included everything from their art treasures to their pots and pans”(Feldman,3). The immense wealth that was pillaged from the Jews contributed not only to the overall national war-effort but also to the petty ambitions and motivations of individual SS officers and state policy-makers. No doubt, the lure of entitlement extended through the absolute dehumanization of the Jews both attracted and maintained a large portion of the SS and helped to placate the average German citizen even after the tide of the war had turned against the Reich. Just as it is impossible to factor with certainty the mathematical equivalence in monetary terms for the amount of wealth and labor that was forced from the Jews by the Nazis, it is impossible to determine with accuracy how many months of years longer the war in Europe was extended by the use of conscripted labor by the Germans when they had gone over 9
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Leech to waging defensive war. “There is the question of the rationality of the economics of the ‘ Final Solution” .’ One of the most common questions asked since 1945 was how the Germans could have expelled and murdered people whose talent, skills and labor might have proven extraordinarily valuable to the regime and its imperial goals”(Feldman,4). To answer the author’s question, one would point out that the goal of the “Final Solution” was not to turn Germany into an economically thriving state; instead it was for the systematic genocide of a race of people. Furthermore, the Nazi party did, in some capacity, use the talent, skills and labor of the people they were eradicating. The pillaging of Jewish wealth and the exploitation of Jewish labor led not only to the early conquests of the Reich, but buttressed the Reich's defensive war, perhaps extending Hitler's reign by months or even years.
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