Gendered Hatred in the Treatment of Women During the Holocaust

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The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, is most famous for the mass murder of Jewish people that took place under the Nazi regime, between January 30th, 1933, and May 8th, 1945. . ‘Holocaust’ is a word of Greek origin meaning sacrifice by fire. During the time of the Second World War, the Nazis had murdered approximately six million Jews. The Nazi regime had targeted all Jews – men, women, and children for persecution and ultimately death. The Holocaust occurred because the Nazis believed that many individuals, religions, and cultures were unworthy of existence. The Nazis considered themselves to belong to a superior race and were guilty of genocide through horrendous acts of human extermination. It is interesting to see the ways in which …show more content…
Jewish ghettoes in Europe were often the outgrowths of segregated ghettoes instituted by the surrounding Christian authorities, or, in the Second World War, the Nazis. Prior to being sent to concentration camps, Jewish families were advised to live in ghettoes so that they would remain in an enclosed area. Fences and other barriers impeded free passage in and out of these ghettoes. Jewish citizens were forced to move into these types of ghettoes prior to their relocation to concentration camps. Due to the fact that males suffered a higher risk of being deported to the forced labour-camps, married women took responsibility for completing the outdoor chores. These chores included such things such as standing in line for food so their husbands could remain hidden indoors. When leaving their homes, women had to be extra careful, as they were also targets of rape and public humiliation by the Gestapo. Women were not treated as superior to men; in fact they were often faced with dreadful tribulations.
In the Nazis’ estimation, Jews would eventually be expelled from the Reich; this plan eventually developed into the Final Solution, in which Jews were murdered en masse. However, while Nazi edicts were imposed on all German Jews and while all captured Jews faced the same ultimate fate, their experiences of the Holocaust were unique. During the 1920s and 1930s, the lives of most Jewish men and