Ethnic Group Conflict

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Ethnic Group Conflict Paper In a society with numerous ethnicities and cultures living side by side being aware of one another’s morals and beliefs proves to help in providing a cohesive environment conducive for healthy living. Conflicts between ethnic groups can develop for many different reasons. Different belief and moral systems, different ways of doing things, or even different appearances can cause conflicts especially when particular ethnic groups have under gone socialization and are not open to other ideas or point of views. By examining how social perception, social cognition, and conformity influence the conflict between Germans and Jewish cultures during the Holocaust, one can better understand ways to find solutions to this conflict. The conflict between German and Jewish cultures dates back to the nineteenth century at the start of World War II. There was a lack of understanding from the Germans culture of the Jewish people and has become the foundation on which the conflict developed. During the Holocaust six million Jews were murder by the Nazi regime because they were considered inferior and posed a threat to the racially superior German culture (“Introduction to the Holocaust, 2013). Jewish people were kept in concentration camps and deported as well as tortured and starved out (Introduction to the Holocaust, 2013). Conformity refers to something that person does to try and fit in to what society expects and what social norms are. These two ethic groups have not conformed simply because one over powered the other. The Jewish people as well as other groups of people the Nazis considered inferior were not given a chance to conform to what the Germans felt was socially acceptable. Social perception is the process through which a person forms impressions and makes inferences about others (Shiraev & Levy, 2013). The German people’s social…...

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