Easy to think of nazis as more intrinsically bad; but while it consisted partly of thugs/criminals, mostly consisted of normal people . Jews in 1933 were well-integrated into ger soc at all lvls; ger at the time was known for cultural accomplishments, music, goethe Emergence of holocaust in ger in 1930s/40s was as shocking as it would be if it happened in the. What"s uniquely horrific about the holocaust is not the mass murders, but the formal structures thru which mass murder occurs - the way it embodied quintessentially modern western forms, systematic intervention of the state. Nazis reduced the category of ppl as those willing to obey the state; -> large categ of non-people against whom state violence falls. National socialist pty; hitler signed on as member #55 in 1919 firstly a nationalist pty - committed to notion of binding ppl together; radically anti- communist, radically racist.