Genocide Throughout History Essay

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Genocide Throughout History
Throughout the history of mankind, horrific acts of genocide have been committed. The Crusades, the Native American being murdered by the Europeans, the Forced Famine in the Ukraine and the Killing Fields of Cambodia are all examples of genocide (Altman,55). The word genocide comes from the Greek phrase genos meaning race or tribe and Latin root cide meaning to kill (Altman,13).
Genocide can be defined as acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial, religious group by killing members of the group, causing serious bodily of harm to members of the group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about it's physical
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The Nazi's accomplished their goal by rising to power, using techniques such as propaganda. Hitler portrayed his victims as evil (Altman, 14). The term Hitler used was "Untermenschem" meaning subhuman (Ayer, 9). Jews were not the only victims of the Nazi's. Gypsies, communists, male homosexuals, Jehovah witnesses, Poles, political enemies, and the physically and metally handicapped also suffered (Ayer, 9). Even thought Hitler killed many people, Jews were his most targeted victims. Hitler's process of exterminating his victims was inhuman and extremely organized. Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat for all of Germany's problems. Hitler made glorious speeches to his people about the importance of the Third Reich Empire or "master race." Hitler strongly believed that German speaking people were superior to all others. Hitler explained to his people the necessity of an empire and "lebensraum," translated to living space. Hitler began to act upon his goals when he established the Nuremberg Laws. These laws placed sever restrictions on Jews by not allowing them to own businesses or shop in stores owned by members of the Third Reich. The transportation of Jews into ghettos came about. Ghettos were designated areas in Europe's cities that were blocked off. Jews
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were forced to live in the ghettoes, in horrible conditions. On average there was approximately 13 people to a room. The starvation of the Jew's in
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