(See above image summarizing “Hitler’s Beneficiaries”)
This is a rather different story than those commonly given.
Most explanations for Nazi anti-semitism and genocide (and other genocides) invokes persistent and deep rooted animus, dehumanization, and stab in the back (or other scapegoat) myths.
But these are mere proximate explanations.
Eg in determining whether their hateful speeches and ideological stances weren’t readily accepted and positively reinforced.
(For an astute discussion of that, see this and other great threads by Teri Kanefirld: )
Emotions like hate and ideologies like Nazi scapegoating and race theories were crucial.
But to understand those, it doesn’t suffice to posit an evolved psychology or fixed aspects of human nature. Or help to take these as given or as explanations in themselves.
And for the Nazis, looting of Jewish wealth and jobs, was an integral part of the incentive to genocide
One of the most shocking things about this grotesque episode of history: is how completely human instincts, like empathy, were overridden. How little constraint they offered on the Nazi machine.
IMO off in that innate empathy and morals are not a strong constraint (unfortunately) but a highly malleable part of our psychology. Able to be all too easily twisted by the incentive structure. Offering all but minimal pushback.
When the incentive structure demanded it.
Even turning much of “enlighhtened” Europe into ideological Nazis.
Why then? Why Eastern Europe hardest hit? What about the deep roots of anti-Semitic ideology? And Hitler’s seemingly genuine belief in such?
(Some important questions raised to my initial thread and my tentative responses.)
(See this tweet and subsequent.)
(See this and subsequent tweets.)
(Answering “was it really worth it? How much did the Nazis actually extract? What did it cost them?):