How did Germany as a country decide that a whole group of people needed to be 'exterminated'?
I don't fully understand it, either. I don't think Germany didn't agree with Hitler en masse. My understanding of history is that Hitler spent years and years rallying up support amongst a fanatical, anti-Semitic minority.
The psychology behind charisma, persuasion and group dynamics can explain how he gained enough momentum to do what he did, and had others do what he wished.
I saw a fantastic documentary about the uprising of HItler a few weeks ago on SBS. It showed how the country fought against Hitler for years, writing him off as a raving loony when he released Mein Kampf (sp?), and how he carved his rise to power.
ETA - I'm sure other people with a much more sophisticated understanding of history will answer much better!! Shouldn't have gone first ...
This post has been edited by FrogIsAFrogIsAFrog: 22/01/2013, 01:36 PM