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Perhaps some of the most vivid images of the Holocaust are the death marches when tens of thousands of Jews at one time were paraded to the extermination camps in Germany Poland and Austria Some of the more notable death marches included the mass march from the Warsaw Ghetto to the extermination camp at Auschwitz and the numerous marches that occurred following ghettoization related in Elie Wiesels Night Though much of the modern world may find it difficult if not impossible to accept that notion that humankind can act with such disdain for human life the objectification of the Jews as a component of the Nazi regime defined the acceptability of the death marches and the systematic extermination of innumerable populations of Jews One of the keys to the relative successes of Hitlers extermination plans was that few people escaped the horrors at the end of the death march and so there were only a handful of people who were able to actually substantiate claims of mass extermination that took place at camps like Auschwitz and even fewer who could fan the flames of resistance by retelling the horrific stories of what occurred to those who followed Some theorists argue that if the Jews had not been exposed to the kind of Nazi propaganda that was utilized as a control measure through out the early part of World War II that the mass exterminations would have been far less effective At the same time Nazi occupation of much of Europe during this period maintained an atmosphere capable of quelling resistance even to the horrific death camp marches that occurred following increasing ghettoization of the Jewish population and subsequent implementation of the death march to exterminate large segments of the Jewish population Warsaw Perhaps one of the most interesting examples of the kinds of atrocities that occurred and the implementation of the death march can be assessed in the events that followed the
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