The Holocaust : A Greek Word That Means `` Sacrifice By Fire ``

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The Holocaust
Holocaust is a Greek word that means “sacrifice by fire” and this was a theme which the Nazis used against the Jewish population after they came in power in January of 1933. Jews were not the only race that were targeted during this period. The Gypsies, the disabled, the Poles, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and also the Russians were also part of the different groups that were targeted by the Nazis when their reign began in 1933. The Jews endured the most impact of the Holocaust because well over nine million of Europe’s population in 1933 were Jews. This hatred towards the minorities and mostly the Jews happened as a result of the Nazi racial ideology known as the Aryan race. This Aryan race, which is also known as the “master race” was the characterization of biological Germans as having the basic blonde hair and blue eyes features and Hitler, the mastermind behind this construction of racial difference believed that the only way to purify this “master race” again will be through exterminating the people who do not fit the description set forth by the Aryan race. My first primary figuration comes from The Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. Wiesel who was only 16 years old when he was sent to the Auschwitz camp along with his family, talks about the different ways that people were killed in the Holocaust. Genocide is figured as being favorable to patriarchy in this figuration made by Elie Wiesel. This can be seen in “Night” when Elie Wiesel states, “ Men to…
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