More came to believe that their country’s economic problems

More than half a century ago, the worst genocide in the history of the world took place in Eastern Europe. The Holocaust was a period of time from when Adolf Hitler became the leader of Nazi Germany, to when German forces surrendered to the allies: May 8, 1945 to January 30, 1933. During this time German citizens came to believe that their country’s economic problems were because of the Jewish people living there.  They believed this because it is what they were told. Adolf Hitler and many other high ranking German officials were telling the people that Jews were the reason that they were having so many problems in their country. Mob mentality was a key factor in the outcome of the holocaust because hearing things from family and friends that believed Hitler, convinced more people of his view, seeing propaganda made the people believe what Hitler was telling them was true, and the Hitler Youth started teaching the people that Jews were to blame for their poor economy from early in their life.First, mob mentality was a key factor in the outcome of the holocaust because hearing things from family and friends that believed Hitler, convinced more people of his views. “When people are part of a group, they often experience deindividuation or a loss of self-awareness. When people deindividuate, they are less likely to follow normal restraints and inhibitions and more likely to lose their sense of individual identity”(Donley).This quote illustrates how being a part of a group, or family can make people act or think differently than when they are alone. When someone you love or care about thinks a certain way, usually you will conform to their ideas or ways of thinking.  In this case, many of the German people in the early 1900’s believed what Hitler was saying and agreed with him.  They then convinced their family and friends of what Hitler was saying and spread the ideas of anti-semitism throughout the country.  Using this incredibly effective tactic, Hitler was able to control an entire country and effectively make them do or think whatever he wanted. Additionally, seeing propaganda made the people of Nazi Germany believe what Hitler was saying was true.  “Propaganda is to be contrasted with those types of communication that make use of factually accurate and logically adequate explanation.  It is related to ‘persuasion,’ which connotes, in addition, a more intimate contact with people and a more thorough marshalling of evidence”(Doob and Robinson 88).  This quote tells us that propaganda doesn’t always tell the complete truth and manipulates the thoughts of its viewers by targeting a certain audience; in this case, the German people.  It impacts the views of those who see it by establishing a connection with them.  For example, in Nazi Germany, 1940, a poster may tell a German citizen that Jews are the reason for the economic issues they see in the country.  The German citizen is going to see this and think that to fix their economic problems, they can get rid of what they think is the underlying cause, Jews.  Ultimately, seeing propaganda all the time and everywhere, made the German people align their views with Adolf Hitler and his ideas for Germany.  Finally, the most important reason Mob mentality was a key factor in the outcome of the holocaust was because the Hitler Youth started teaching the people that Jews were to blame for their poor economy from early in their life.  The Hitler Youth or Hitlerjugend was a group started in 1922 by the Nazi government as a way to recruit for the military and increase household presence of the Nazi way of life and views. “Hitler Youth was a means of indoctrinating German youths into the Nazi German way of life generally and, more particularly, to prepare them for military service. The organization was regarded as central to the Nazi program and to German patriotism” (Axelrod).  This quote explains what it meant to be in the Hitler Youth and why it was important to the government to have it in place.  During this time in Germany, the military was extremely important to the government and the people.  Many people were enlisted and wanted their sons to be as well.  This meant they could have their sons join the Hitler Youth and be prepared to go into the military.  The boys in the Hitler Youth were also used to spy on the citizens of Germany.  “The boys were encouraged to spy on adults, including their parents, and to report any apparent subversive or unorthodox activity they might detect”  The boys were basically brainwashed into making sure no one said anything bad or did anything that would go against the country.  Propaganda played a key role in keeping the masses under Hitler’s control and believing his every word.         Mob mentality was a key factor in the outcome of the holocaust because hearing things from family and friends that believed Hitler convinced more people of his view, seeing propaganda made the people believe what Hitler was telling them was true, and the Hitler Youth started teaching the people that Jews were to blame for their poor economy from early in their life.  Adolf Hitler knew exactly how to control and manipulate the people of Germany and create a mob mentality.  Everyone thought the same and acted the same way as all the people aroud them.  The Jewish People living in Germany were blamed for the country’s poor economy and were pursued and killed in concentration camps.  All of these reasons aided in creating a mob mentality in Germany in the first half of the 20th century.  The Holocaust was one of the worst events in human history and will never be forgotten.