Stage Five: Polarization

“The personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew”
– Adolf Hitler

The fifth stage of genocide indicates “Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate group’s broadcast polarizing propaganda.” All this was present during the Holocaust. An endless stream of polarizing propaganda was fed to the public in forms of open speeches, posters, newspaper ads, etc. Everything was under Nazi control and the media’s abuse reached its full potential. The Nuremberg Laws introduced in 1935 forbade Jews from marrying or having a sexual relation with persons of German or German-related blood to prevent their “disease” from spreading. The killings made by one group may provoke others to do the same and retribution may be a motive for the opposing groups. These massacres are targeted at those who are not extreme, partisan, or radical and will continue to cause conflict until negotiated settlement is impossible.


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