Browning Analysis

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* war and negative racial stereotyping were two mutually reinforcing factors in this distancing- promote a psychological distancing between perpetrator and victim * bureaucratic and administrative aspects of the destruction process * disobedience meant the concentration camp if not immediate execution, possibly for their families as well BUT everyone could still make their own decisions about shooting * with the division of labor and removal of the killing process to the death camps, the men felt scarcely any responsibility at all for their action within virtually every social collective, the peer group exerts tremendous pressure son behavior and sets moral norms

those who did not shoot risked isolation, rejection and ostracism-a very uncomfortable prospect within the framework of a tight-knit unit stationed abroad among a hostile population, so that the individual had virtually nowhere else to turn for support and social contact

non shooters tried to diffuse the criticism of their comrades and pleaded NOT that they were “too good” but rather that they were “too weak” to kill

less men stepped away from this action than did at Jozefow and ended up killing more jews in half the time with a third of the manpower

87: Browning says “ at lomazy following orders reinforced the natural tendency to conform to the behavior of one’s comrades . this was much easier to bear than the situation at Jozefow. this is where the change began to happen for the men of the 101st.

Men who slipped away at Jozefow could not do the same at Lomazy and through this baptism by fire they grew more accustomed to the sights, sounds, and smells of these massacres.

death camp in trebelinka: turning point killing starts to come easier for the 101st even if that meant drinking copious amounts of alcohol before hand by showing the men enough horror and…...

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