Essay on Genocide: Examples of Rowanda and Germany
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By definition, genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwanda's Tutsis and Hutu political moderates by the Hutu dominated government under the Hutu Power ideals. Hutus believed the Tutsi were taking their jobs, and that they were foreigners who had worn out their welcome (Genocide-Rwanda). In comparison to Germany, the largest genocide in history, also known as the Holocaust, six million people were brutally murdered. This was because of religious and political opposition to the Nazi Regime, lead by Adolf Hitler from 1939 until late 1945 (Genocide-Holocaust). Hitler believed in a “pure…show more content… Hitler promised a stronger government and financial aid. Economic turmoil caused a ripple effect in both Rwanada and Germany. This led to desperation for strong political power and a need for someone to blame their shame on.
A common tactic used and mastered during both genocides was nothing more than propaganda. In Rwanda, the Tutsis were accused of assassinating the president, and Hutu civilians were told, by use of propaganda and through word-of-mouth, that it was their duty to wipe out the Tutsis (Genocide-Rwanda). Nazi Germans were famous for using propaganda to sway people into thinking Jews were not human, and that they needed to be killed. In 1933 a Nazi newspaper published “Jews can never be anything but stateless aliens, they can never have any legal or constitutional status.” (Genocide-Holocaust). When a country is under economic stress, it’s citizens become desperate and will listen to anyone who they think has a reasonable solution, Which is exactly how Hitler rose to power in post-war Germany.
At a first glance, these two grisly genocides may seem to be extremely alike. However the deeper one looks into the gruesome details, the more differences are revealed. No matter how brutal a death or how painless a death might be, there is no difference between if it’s right or wrong, because the final result is always death. In contrast to the regimented slaughter of Jews, Rwandan killings were very messy although still just as cold-blooded. This was