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Had the Holocaust not occurred, how much more developed would science and technology be?
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WolfBear
2017-07-02 23:34:36 UTC
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Had the Holocaust not occurred (the best way to do this is probably to kill Adolf Hitler early enough), how much more developed would science and technology be today?

Basically, the Jews are a very talented people (in terms of their wealth, how much Nobel Prizes they win, et cetera) and thus I was wondering how much of a boost the development of science and technology would have if six million additional Jews as well as their descendants survived.

Indeed, any thoughts on this?
jerry kraus
2017-07-03 13:33:54 UTC
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Had the Holocaust not occurred (the best way to do this is probably to kill Adolf Hitler early enough), how much more developed would science and technology be today?
Basically, the Jews are a very talented people (in terms of their wealth, how much Nobel Prizes they win, et cetera) and thus I was wondering how much of a boost the development of science and technology would have if six million additional Jews as well as their descendants survived.
Indeed, any thoughts on this?
Hard to say. It's not clear Jews are any smarter than anyone else, genetically, it's the Jewish culture that is education and achievement oriented which probably makes the difference. In any case, the Holocaust gave enormous additional leverage to the surviving Jews in the world, so, whatever talents they had were given rather more scope to develop, as a result of it. Antisemitism would probably be alive and well, still, in the world, without the Holocaust, there would probably be no state of Israel, and Jews would still be a repressed minority with few opportunities.
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