This course is the second of the two courses and covers three themes in its three weeks: week 1: the final solution we’ll look at the cultural and mental processes that paved the way to the comprehensive and systematic mass murder of jews in europe – that is, the final solution.
The “final solution” upon arrival at a camp, the inmates were usually stripped of all their valuables and clothes they were then shorn of body hair, disinfected, given a shower, and issued a striped prison uniform without regard to size each step of the process was designed to dehumanize the prisoners, both physically and emotionally. The final solution from 1933 onward, anti-jewish propaganda had flooded germany under the skillful direction of joseph goebbels, his nazi propaganda ministry churned out a ceaseless stream of leaflets, posters, newspaper articles, cartoons, newsreels, slides, movies, speeches, records, exhibits and radio pronouncements.
The entry of the us into the war is also crucial to the time-frame proposed by christian gerlach, who argued in his 1997 thesis, that the final solution decision was announced on 12 december 1941, when hitler addressed a meeting of the nazi party (the reichsleiter) and of regional party leaders (the gauleiter.
So the germans embarked on a policy called the “final solution” which was decided upon at a conference held in wannsee, near berlin, on january 20, 1942: “instead of immigration there is now a further possible solution to which the fuhrer has already signified his consent. The “final solution” synopsis the nazis, under cover of the war, developed the technology, bureaucracy, and psychology of hate to efficiently murder millions of jews.
A cognitive bias in which the first piece of information that is encountered about a situation is emphasized too much in making a decision sunk-cost bias a cognitive bias in which past investments of time, effort and/or money are heavily weighed in deciding on continued investment. The decision to commit genocide how and why did they make this decision how did they convince people the nazis decided to implement the “final solution” in the occupied territories to the east of germany (mostly in poland, the baltic states, and the western soviet union) use of images and descriptions of nazi brutality can be. The ‘final solution‘ was a code name for the murder of all the jews of europe the people present at the conference were to discuss how to make mass murder happen in an organised and methodical way.
Despite the euphemisms which appeared in the protocols of the meeting, the aim of the wannsee conference was clear to its participants: to further the coordination of a policy aimed at the physical annihilation of the european jews further reading: mark roseman, the wannsee conference and the final solution (new york: metropolitan books, 2002.
The nazis did not ‘decide’ upon the ‘final solution’ at wannsee in fact, wannsee was a second tier implementation meeting, held in order to discuss a series of potentially contentious issues which had arisen because elsewhere much more important decisions about the fate of the jews had already been taken.