A National Genocide : Why?

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A National Genocide: Why? Although after World War 1 the Nazis needed someone to blame for the many deaths and poor economy that resulted in losing the war, and the Jews were an easy target to blame, the citizens of Germany should have stopped the genocide, because innocent lives were lost, and they should have been more aware of the horrors and tragedies that were happening within their own backyards. Many speculations have been made as to why Hitler and his “followers” hated the jews enough to murder and slaughter an entire race of them, but many historians can agree that the hatred mainly boils down to two points. The first reason to hate, according to Professor David Cesarani, is purely economic. "We hate Jews because they possess too…show more content…
Hitler was an excellent speaker, promising his people results and getting them. Elie realized this in the novel, by telling a fellow prisoner that "I 've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He 's the only one who 's kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people." (Wiesel 47). No one really knows for sure why exactly the people let these horrendous crimes go on for as long as they did, but a few speculations have been made. As said above, with Hitler using propaganda to influence the people negatively, hatred grew towards the Jews and many people turned a blind eye to the murders happening in their own towns. The laws being passed prohibited average citizens to help the Jews. From separating their restaurants, schools, and even towns, the Jews never stood a chance. Luckily, some Germans and Polish people could not look away, and would hide the Jews in their homes, stores, and attics, bringing them provisions and other necessary items to survive. The most famous example of this happening is written in the diary of a young girl named Anne Franke. She and her family lived in the attic of her father’s workplace for more than two years, quietly trying to live in a small, cramped space until they were caught and taken to concentration
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