Extermination in Genocide

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Bryan Ramirez Mrs. Burton English 10 Honors 25 March 2012 Extermination in Genocide All genocides that have occurred in human history include various stages that are usually present; however, extermination, the 7th stage of genocide, is one that is present in all genocides. From the Armenian genocide and Darfur genocide, to the Rwandan and Jewish genocides, extermination is ever present in all of these. Extermination is explained to be mass killings of people, which defines the legal term “genocide”, and is caused when the killers do not consider their victims to be fully human (Stanton, 8 Stages). Regardless of the genocide that you research, all present extermination in one way or another. One perfect…show more content…
Among the dead were children and pregnant women. Rape in villages by government officers and local police was, like in the case of the Darfur genocide, an often occurrence. Victims were disposed of and often their identifiable information, were burned (Spalding 29-33). The torture, mutilation, and disturbing murders of neighbors by average citizens, in addition to the governmental militia acts of ethnic cleansing show extermination throughout the course of the Rwandan genocide. Lastly, one of the most horrific acts of extermination that occurred in any genocide was that of the Holocaust. After Hitler gained power and began to secretly isolate, transport, and force Jews (among other minorities) into concentration camps during World War II, the worst extermination acts were committed. A prime example is the “target practice” and burning of babies at these camps, with no exception on average men and women (Wiesel 32-33). In addition, people were hung, and thousands of prisoners were forced to watch. This disgusting act of near inhuman hatred made this extermination horrendous. The worst, as Elie Wiesel witnessed in a camp, was the hanging of a little boy, who was too light to properly hang, and stayed alive for half an hour, slowly dying (Wiesel 65). Other things that these people were forced to endure were the miles upon miles of marching through immensely cold snow
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