Nazis didn't just follow orders but 'took pride' in atrocities

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According to researchers, emblematic of this, the practical details of "the final solution" were not handed down from on high, but had to be elaborated by Eichmann himself.

Reicher and Haslam say that there is a 'believed morality' behind people's actions.

"In short, people do harm not because they are unaware that they are doing wrong, but because they believe that they are doing right.

"The fundamental point is that tyranny does not flourish because perpetrators are helpless and ignorant of their actions. It flourishes because they actively identify with those who promote vicious acts as virtuous," Reicher said.

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