Do you believe that many Europeans during World War 2 were complicit in
permitting the Nazis to exterminate the Jewish population in their individual countries because of either overt or covert anti-Semitism arising either from ethnic and/or religious factors? While there were some Europeans who risked their lives, helping or saving Jews i.e. the Ten Booms (a Dutch family), others were either unaffected bystanders, complicit by their silence, or active participators in the mistreatment and eventually exterminator of their fellow Europeans because they were Jewish.
I believe that many Europeans were complicit in the atrocities against the Jews during WWII. I also believe that many other Europeans tried to be helpful to the Jews. Also, many Europeans were too concerned about the welfare of their own families to dare stand out in the crowd.
As with any large group of people, there were villains, heroes, takers, givers, good, and bad individuals within the group. Trying to paint the entire group with one brush can only do an injustice to most of the members of the group.
There were people complicit in rounding up neighbors for what they saw as deportation, and definitely many people involved in destroying Jewish businesses in order to improve the business of their own firm and relocating Jewish neighbors in order to take their homes.
But the Nazis hid the fact that they were killing people en masse from the population, saying it was only relocation.
At the time this was occurring, most were either unaware or willfully ignorant that mass extermination was the true goal. The core issue is not race nor ethnicity, but usury. The concept of charging interest on loans was introduced by Hebrews to the Pharoh as detailed in the Torah. The same issue has come up again and again throughout history. Consider for example the Saducees of the New Testament. They were essentially investment bankers, while the Pharisees were essentially lawyers and politicians. Fast forward to Nazi Germany, and look beneath the rhetoric and distortions, and what you will discover is that Hitler saw himself as a Christian hero saving Germany from the debt slavery of the so-called 'Jews.' It was a gross simplification, but the simple fact is, when you owe money to the bank or your landlord, particularly in hard times, you'd be inclined to look the other way if the government forced them into hard labor and forgave all your debts to them. Of course, if you continued to see them as human beings, as you should, and you were becoming aware of what was being done to them, you would do all you could to protect them without endangering yourself.
The answers I have given are harsh, but are grounded in fact. Now, with all that is happening in America, it is more important than ever to understand these things before history is allowed to repeat itself.
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