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There is no doubt that during Hitlers reign in Germany someone killed Jews Someone ordered the killings someone organized the killings and someone killed them Is there a difference in these someones For many years there has been controversy surrounding the extermination of the Jews during the Nazi era People were tried and convicted for their involvement some of them denied their contribution others appeared neutral and still others were proud of their involvement These killers came from numerous nationalities mixed political backgrounds varied socialeconomic statuses and age range In the article ONE DAY IN JOZEFOW Initiation to mass murder the author Christopher R Browning gives his reader an intriguing perspective into the mindset of men who were actually given a choice of whether or not to kill the Jews Because his perspective only focuses on one specific event his conclusions are for the most part not completely convincing It is reasonable to believe that there was a stronger underlying force which caused otherwise normal people to become killers during the Nazi era but Brownings use of minimal sources skewed numbers and somewhat vague statements causes the reader to feel they have been subjected to a micro-study with macro conclusions Brownings article provides insight into a specific occasion in Jozefow Poland where Jews were murdered at point blank range by ordinary policemen Of these policemen some were drafted and some volunteered for one reason or another This group called Reserve Police Battalion 101 consisted of men around the age of 39 with only about 25 per cent of them belonging to the Nazi Party Browning 304 After studying the court records of interrogations and trials of certain members of this police battalion Browning discovered that these men were given a chance to reject the task of killing the Jews yet the majority of them still followed through with the original orders Browning 309 Conclusively Browning argues that this incident provides some proof that
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