Tawny asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 weeks ago

What is the root cause of the Holocaust according the top Historians of today? This is a serious question and demands a serious answer?

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  • I
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    4 weeks ago
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    Which "holocaust?" 

    How did Jews commandeer the general word "holocaust" to make it synonymous with the 20th century genocide?

    There is no single holocaust. There is no "The" holocaust. The *first* definition in most (if not all) authoritative dictionaries defines holocaust generally.

    Example...........

    holocaust. [hol-uh-kawst, hoh-luh-] a great or complete devastation or destruction, especially by fire. (1). =====

    The term also originated in the Middle Ages. The Jewish 20th century genocide is a TYPE of holocaust.  

    Jewish people merely used good access to media and good marketing to monopolize the term. It's similar to Kleenex using good marketing to become synonymous with the word "tissue." It's similar to the Band-Aid trademark using good branding to make their name synonymous with the word "bandage." (2)

    1. From Dictionary.com

    2. Band-Aid is a registered trademark of Johnson and Johnson.  (From a Band-Aid consumer box.)

  • 3 weeks ago

    A society under stress looks for a scapegoat - with the thought if only we can rid ourselves of the scapegoat then viola everything will be okay. Basically its a projection of things you don't like about yourself onto another

    • Richard
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      3 weeks agoReport

      Minor point: A "viola" is a musical instrument.  You meant the French term, "voila."

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  • Tim D
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    3 weeks ago

    A murderous ultra-nationalist regime killing millions of civilians without charge, let alone trial.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Historians have two main competing theories. These are:

    A. The functionalist school-the Holocaust came about because of the circumstances of the war. The war was both going badly for Germany, and ironically bringing millions of Jews into what was intended to the territory of the Reich. Hitler's wartime speeches tend to back up this point of view.

    B. The intentionalist school-Hitler planned the Holocaust way, way back and you can read all about it in Mein Kampf first published in 1925. As per this theory, Hitler invaded eastern Europe precisely because there were lots of Jews there to murder.

    A theory which combines to two schools of thought is Ian Kershaw's "working towards the fuhrer" theory. This is the idea that the Holocaust came about because Hitler's minions were trying to do what they thought Hitler wanted, and some of those people figured Hitler was a functionalist (presumably Jodl), others figured he was as an intentionalist (presumably Himmler). 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Root cause being that humans are absolutely crazy and many will do what they want to do.  Until someone else stops them.  And to this day it is those who are willing to make sure the crazies don't get control again that are keeping things safe for us.  Don't expect that to be always.  There are going to be times when the crazies do get the upper hand.  Then it is bad for all of us again.  

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  • 4 weeks ago

    The root "cause" of the Holocaust is based on fantasy and a misinterpretation of what the word actually means.

    There is a lowercase form of the word that means "catastrophe". This is the form of the word used by the Allies when they liberated the camps in Germany and observed the general carnage.

    The uppercase form of the word is somewhat more ambiguous. Its original meaning is "burnt sacrifice", which is the way the Holocaust peddlers intended, or so it appears.

    The "Holocaust" is the claim of exterminations in supposed gas chambers (nullifying the historical significance) and then burning them in cremation ovens.

    The problem here is, in order to comply with the historical meaning, the sacrifice had to have been by the Jews themselves, and more importantly, sacrifices were required to be disease-free. This is hard to do in camps that were experiencing severe typhus epidemics and the ones doing the sacrificing were the enemy.

    The actual usage of the word, in this case, is to create sympathy. It's been proven that there were no gas chambers in Germany and because moral character wouldn't have been defined by an imaginary line called a "border", the policies that dealt with the Jews wouldn't have differed from one country to another.

    The majority of deaths that occurred were caused by disease epidemics - but "disease" isn't as much of a sympathy generator as "mass extermination". "Disease" takes away from the impact that "Holocaust" provides.

    Claims of gas chambers were made by the Soviets who hated the Germans enough to stage incriminating evidence against them. The western allies were denied access to Soviet territory so no investigations were possible - they took the word of the Soviets.

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    • I never said anything about Amsterdam - where did this come from? Will you stop trying to muddy the water with things I never said?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It was a mix of several things:

    1.  The early Roman Catholic Church saw Judaism as a competitor, so they conjured lies and distortions about Jews and Judaism.  Anti-Semitism and lies persisted as official Church policy for several decades after the end of WW2.

    2.  Martin Luther originally was neutral towards Jews, but towards the end of his life, he switched his position and indoctrinated his followers to hate them.

    3.  German Jews tended to be successful and educated, so there was a feeling of jealousy against the less successful.

    4.  After WW1, Germany suffered due to harsh reparations installed by the Allies, the Depression and hyperinflation devastated their economy, Communists (who were often non-practicing Jews) were running around, and people were looking for a scapegoat.

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    • in 1933 there was only about 500,000 jews in germany in 1939 maybe 300,000 and after the enabling act they could not own guns so how much trouble could they have been

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    The book, 'On the Jews and Their Lies', written by Martin Luther in 1543. The Nazis passed out copies of it at their rallies.

    Read third paragraph below, it sounds like a description of the Holocaust but it was written 400 years before it happened. Germans were being indoctrinated to hate Jews for centuries before Hitler and the Nazis put the Holocaust in motion.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Jews_and_Thei...

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    • Tina
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      2 weeks agoReport

      Dave - Hitler preached that Communist=Jew - is it necessary for you to repeat his lies?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Economic misery resulting from reparations paid by the German government because they started WWI.

  • Brian
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    4 weeks ago

    Gosh, if only there was something like....the internet.

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