Genocide is arguably one of the worst crimes against humanity. And a clear understanding of the Holocaust, also known as the “paradigmatic” genocide, is vital to predict future mass atrocities and human rights violations. The Holocaust is remembered as the Nazi state-sponsored murder of 6 million Jews and several million non-Jews and is believed to have given rise to the concept of genocide. It is important to understand the root causes of the Holocaust in order to analyze similarities and differences with other mass atrocities. In her paper, Madhurima attempts to understand the events that led up to the Holocaust and culminated in the Final Solution. How did the hatred against the Jews culminate into such an atrocious development? How did the legal system in Nazi Germany facilitate the genocide? It is also vital to understand the role of the German society in the escalation of the Holocaust and the reason for their acceptance of the extreme policies and ideologies of the Nazis. Who was behind one of the biggest mass liquidations in history and what changes did it bring about in International Law? Finally,she attempts to analyze the risk factors of genocide.
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