Sunday, May 4, 2008

Chapter 3

The theme of turning away from God is again presented in this chapter. When the Jews are being escorted to the barracks and several people begin to recite the prayer of the dead inclueding Elizer's father. But Elizer dosen't realize why they are praising God when they are being put through this.

Nazism, commonly known as National Socialism, (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler; and the policies adopted by the government of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, a period also known as the Third Reich. The official name of the party was Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP) — “National Socialist German Workers’ Party”. The Nazis were one of several historical groups that used the term National Socialism to describe themselves, and in the 1920s they became the largest such group. Nazism is generally considered by scholars to be a form of fascism.

Nazism was not a monolithic movement, but rather a (mainly German) combination of various ideologies and groups, sparked by anger at the Treaty of Versailles and what was considered to have been a Jewish/Communist conspiracy (known in the vernacular as the “Stab-in-the-Back Legend”) to humiliate Germany at the end of the First World War.

Among the key elements of Nazism were anti-parliamentarism, ethnic nationalism, racism, collectivism, eugenics, antisemitism, opposition to economic liberalism and political liberalism, opposition to finance capitalism with emphasis on Jewish conspiratorial involvement, anti-communism, and totalitarianism.


Nick said...

Good job talking about how everyone was praying to God except for Eliezer and how he thought about God differently in their situation. Good history of the Nazi's. It helps to know who they were.

zdragicevich said...

first i would like to say that I inspired the name of your blog. Next, I like the way you talked about the theme of the book. Your historic facts are also very interesting. Try to include more opinions though

Brady Griffin said...

Steve this blog gave mea lot of background information that i didn't know. I liked how you blended the summary with historical facts. Good job