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THE NAZI TREATMENT OF THE JEWS I

Recall how sympathy loses to a bad morality for Himmler when, although he has sympathy for his victims, he recognizes that it is his duty to eliminate them.

Sommers recognizes that the treatment of the Jews by the Nazis “would surely have horrified Kant,” but “a moral philosophy which does not directly proscribe cruelty to nonpersons” makes it possible to mistreat any being which is not thought to qualify as a person.  

For the Nazis, Jews did not qualify as persons.  Accordingly, Sommers then points out that, “If Jews are like insects, killing them is not a crime against humanity.”

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