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Myth and propaganda used during the Holocaust

This is a succinct analysis of the significant role myth and propaganda played in the Final Solution or Holocaust during World War II. This solution provides examples of myths, such as the one about the Demonic Jew, which were used to incite the Final Solution. In addition, this solution explains how the Nazis utilized the ideology of "The Volk" with the objective of uniting the German population under their anti-Semitic doctrines. Lastly, there is a brief explanation of role the German population played in the Final Solution.

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The Final Solution: Myth and Propaganda

According to Henry Friedlander, the meaning of Final Solution or Holocaust is the mass extermination of human beings because they belong to a biologically defined group. In this case, we are referring to the Jews. The German Nazi regime killed six million Jews, which amounted to two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe. Around one and half million were children. Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, however, did not only systematically killed Jews, but also Gypsies, homosexuals, handicapped and political opposites, like communists, socialists and soviets.
Scholars, such as Avraham Barkai, argue that the Final Solution would not have been possible without the approval of the great majority of the German population. How was it possible that millions of Germans complied with such atrocity? The answer lies in the effective use of myth and propaganda, which one must never under-estimate.

The Myth of the Demonic Jew

The Nazi regime demonized Jews through the use of myth and presented them as the embodiment of pure evil. Marvin Perry, in his book Antisemitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present, provides an excellent example of how the Nazis used myths to ...

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This is a detailed analysis of the significant role myth and propaganda played in the Final Solution or Holocaust during World War II. This solution provides examples of myths, such as the Demonic Jew, which were used to incite the Final Solution. In addition, this solution explains how the Nazis used the ideology of "The Volk" with the objective of uniting the German population under their anti-Semitic doctrines. Finally, there is a brief explanation of role the German population played in the Final Solution.

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