Kristallnacht Reflection

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The Holocaust was a horrific time period. It all started around 1933 when Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. Hitler used the Nuremberg Race Laws to deprive the Jews of their German citizenship. Kristallnacht, which is a government-organized pogrom against Jews in Germany was the start of the mistreatment of Jews in their homes and synagogues. Holocaust survivors like Elie Wiesel shared their stories to provide more insight into what actually happened during this time. Elie Wiesel was 15 at the beginning of his Holocaust experience. The Holocaust was a time of devastation for millions of Jews. The Nazis went to the Jews’ homes and told them to start packing their bags. They were getting ready to send the Jews away from their…show more content…
They were either going to burn in the crematory or go into the gas chambers. The German society was very wicked towards the Jews. There was a hidden reason behind the Nazis moving the Jews from camp to camp, separating their families, and beating or killing any Jews who make a mistake. “The evidence shows that in the early days of their accession to power, the Nazis in Germany set out to build a society in which there simply would be no more room for Jews.” (Wiesel, viii) They also state that, “It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory.” (Wiesel, viii) This shows just how badly the Nazis wanted to kill the Jews. They made them work and then decided to kill them off. In the end they got their wish when “while watching their friends and neighbors fall dead all around them,” when there were many who started dying off. (Wiesel) The whole purpose for their mistreatment towards the Jews was because they simply didn’t want them there. They wanted to be ruler over them and their population. Elie Wiesel decided to write this book to tell his story about his Holocaust experience. Elie wanted to spread the message that the other Jews couldn’t. He stated that his reason

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