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The Victims - their behavior and dilemma The Jews it has been said went to their death like sheep to the slaughter Marrus 108 A call to arms was made by young Zions in the ghetto of Vilna early 1942 But the Jews remained passive avoided provocation and complied instantly with decrees and orders They believed the German drive would in time spend itself The Jews had always been a minority always in danger but had learned they could survive by placating themselves and appeasing their enemy They would at times curry favors that could prevent unnecessary sufferings They would in some cases anticipate what the Germans would want and respond The Nazis set up Judenrate Marrus 110 Jewish councils making their automatic compliance Marrus 110 to institutional compliance Marrus 110 The councils under German will were instrumental in various phases of the Jewish destruction process Registration for housing or ghettoization statistical and other informational reports taxation or sequestration and or German uses wall building notification of victims to report for labor or evacuation even the compiling of transport lists as well as round ups conducted by the German police Marrus 110 Officials could be trusted to prepare lists of people property and valuables to assist in offsetting the expense of deportation and extermination This complicity was an important link to the Holocaust and the death of approx 6 million people Marrus 111 The Judenrate were forced to assist the German police in resettlement of the Jews for deportation sometimes through blackmail They were even convinced their families would be spared by assisting the Nazis Utter chaos would have been prevalent had these councils not interceded on the part of the Jewish population and pleaded for concessions Resettlement areas known as ghettos were areas that contained constant backdrop of terror degradation and spoliation located throughout Eastern Europe The Germans tolerated only those who satisfied their need others were
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