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Was the Holocaust the ultimate goal from the beginning, or was the Final Solution the...

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hmhenry | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM via web

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Was the Holocaust the ultimate goal from the beginning, or was the Final Solution the product of a peculiar set of cirumstances?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM (Answer #1)

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The only argument that can be made for the "Final Solution" being the product of a set of circumstances might be the one that considers the general circumstances following World War I in Germany that led to the rist of ultra-nationalist parties with much of their focus on the idea that the German race was a superior one and one that needed to be allowed to control their own destiny without interference from other inferior races.

But this idea was not peculiar to Germany as it was a commonly held view in many places in the world including the United States.  It was used to justify colonial expansion in the Phillipines and Cuba as well as other places so it is not peculiar or unique to Germany.

If instead one looks at the history of the Nazi Party, it is clear that the control or even removal of inferior racial groups, in particular Jews but including any other race or group which was considered inferior or an obstacle, was a large part of their appeal to the populace.  Given that their influence and power grew based on this platform, it is clear that their desire for action such as "The Final Solution" formed a major part of their goals from the beginning.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM (Answer #2)

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I believe that the Nazis goal from the beginning was to eliminate the Jewish populations from any country they conquered.  The Final Solution was a core belief of the Nazi Party and a particular goal of Hitler.  The Nazis used at least one concentration camp in the 1930's for the people Hitler wanted to eliminate and many of them were Jews. The Wannsee Conference formalized the Final Solution but did not create the goal.  So, in my opinion, the goal to eliminate every Jewish person under Nazi control was the ultimate goal from the beginning.  No peculiar set of circumstances really existed to explain The Final Solution.

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