Hitler and Stalin: Their Search for Power

1178 WordsJul 13, 20185 Pages
Adolf Hitler was appointed German Chancellor on January 30, 1933. His regime brought citizens no guaranteed basic rights. In 1933, the first Nazi concentration camps were built. The initial camps imprisoned political opponents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, gypsies, and others classified as dangerous. During Hitler’s first six years, German Jews had more than 400 decrees and regulations. The first major law against the Jews was, the “Law for Restoration of the Professional Civil Service” of April 7, 1933. That law made Jews and “politically unreliable” employees excluded from state service. The laws began to go further by, restricting the numbers of Jews in schools and colleges, and taking business away from Jewish doctors and…show more content…
This would have probably been a great day for the prisoners, compared to what was really going on. Gulag Harper 3 prisoners would work up to 14 hours a day doing extremely hard labor, in very bad conditions, and extreme climates. Some prisoners cut down trees with hand-saws and axes. Some dug frozen ground with pickaxes. Some mined coal and copper. Prisoners barely had enough food to deal with the extreme labor they were being put through. In 20 months, prisoners of the Gulag built the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal. Over 100,000 prisoners dug out a 141 mile long canal with just simple tools. Many prisoners died during that construction, and in the end it was too shallow to carry most ships. To the guards the prisoners had no value, they could replace them with another person. Kolyma was said to be the worst of all of Gulag. It was the coldest, and most isolated camp. Women also had to work, and suffered greatly. They would get raped by guards, camp employees, and other male prisoners. They would get "camp husbands" to protect them, and for companionship. Most pregnancies ended with the babies being taken to an orphanage. A day in a Nazi concentration camp according to jewishgen.org was; 4am – Wake-up, Roll-call, Breakfast (10oz. bread, watered down coffee), Work, Lunch (soup), Work,
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