“Gentlemen, I must ask you to rid yourself of all feeling of pity. We must annihilate the Jews, wherever we find them and wherever it is possible, in order to maintain there the structure of the Reich as a whole.”
- Hans Frank
Your journey has brought you to this: The end of the war is near. Camps are beginning to be liberated by Allied forces. The exact details are unclear but it is believed that Hitler and other high ranking officers of the German military called for a “final solution” for what they referred to as “the Jewish Problem.” Those soldiers at the concentration camps were asked to exterminate the remaining Jewish prisoners.
You, a German SS soldier are given the order to follow through with this extermination. You are asked to do whatever you can to kill all of the remaining Jews at Auschwitz (gassing, shooting, burning). If you do not follow orders you may be killed. If you do follow orders you may be plagued with guilt for the rest of your life. You are faced with an important decision: Will you follow orders to carry out a mass killing of Jewish prisoners or will you choose to disobey the order?
At this point, create a document and, using MLA format, begin typing your response. Your typed final task will be a reflection on whether or not you would follow these orders. Make sure to offer specific details from your note sin the previous tasks that helped to share your answer. Your typed final task paragraph should be a minimum of ¾ of a page long.