The Holocaust In The Twentieth Century

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In history classes throughout years of education, the Holocaust has always been a very interesting part of history. Nazis despised the Jews, and wanted to terminate them and forget about their religion. The Holocaust was one of the most gruesome, cruel, and inhumane events to occur in history. The Holocaust was sought out to be a unique event that happened in the 20th century. It all started with discrimination against the Jews, they were forced out of their homes, away from their families, and families were also separated. When they arrived at the camps they would be treated unfairly, less than humans and eventually after all the harsh punishment they would be murdered. These helpless and innocent people were being discriminated and killed …show more content…

People with mental illnesses, physical disabilities, homosexuals, and Jehovah’s Witnesses were also being thrown in prison, made slaves, and killed. Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazis, his mother died of breast cancer. Her doctor, Eduard Bloch, which was Jewish, cared his mother while she was on her death bed. Hitler’s mother died at the age 47 in the year of 1907. Some theories have been thought that Hitler wanted to get back at Bloch for his mother’s death so, he started the Holocaust. Hitler did not hold Bloch at fault for her passing. It has been said that he wrote a letter to Bloch thanking him for everything he did for his mother. Rumors have been thrown around that Hitler’s father was a Jewish decent. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the general term for the Nazis concentration camps. This camp was the largest camp of them all. This camp could hold 150,000 inmates at any time. Anywhere from two to four million people were killed at Auschwitz, most of those murdered were Jews. “During the summer of 1938, the Nazi ordered all Jewish men and women whose given name was considered “not clearly Jewish” to add the …show more content…

There was no possible way to have contact with the outside world, it was forbidden. During December 1942 to March 1943, the number of inmates went from 18,000 to 30,000. March of 1942 an all-women’s camp was opened at Auschwitz that would hold 6,000 inmates and by August it was moved to Birkenau. Gas chambers and the crematoria was opened March or 1943 in Birkenau. In late 1941, Himmler had told the Commandant Höss about the “Final Solution”, by the next year Auschwitz-Birkenau was known as the mass destruction of the European Jews. The Nazis used the Soviet Prisoners of War at the camp to try out the new gas chambers. The poison gas was now known as the best way to kill people, they could now terminate the Jews in large numbers. The Nazis targeted all the Jews living in Europe for total extermination, it did not matter their age, gender, occupation, citizenship or their political views, every Jew was to be terminated. They only had one reason to kill them, and that reason was because they were Jews. New arrivers that were unable to work such as, ill, elderly, pregnant women, and small children were automatically sent to the gas chambers. Anywhere from 70-75% of the new arrivals were sent to their immediate death. These people were not registered, did not get tattooed with a number, and were not entered in the

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