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The First World War as Routinized Genocide
The model for mass-murder—the genocide of the Jews—evolved out of the First World War. Many nations of the world systematically slaughtered their own people. Building upon this template, Hitler adopted one of its killing methods: poison gas.

In Vol. II, Chap. XV of Mein Kampf, Hitler fulminated: "If at the beginning of the War and during the War, 12 or 15 thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas, as happened to hundreds of thousands of our very best German workers in the field, the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain." Just as German soldiers had been subject to poison gas on the fields of battle during the First World War, so Jews would be subject to poison gas in the death camps: do unto others as has been done unto you.

"All the capacity of industrial society—straining at the bit for destruction. One of the French soldiers called it extermination. I call it routinized, mechanized genocide: The genocide of people on their own citizens."

Professor Weiner at 22:05 of the video.

First World War Casualties