The Racial Causes Of The Holocaust

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Of the 11 million people who were murdered during the World War II Holocaust, 6 million were Jews and 1.1 million were children. Each one has a story to tell, whether we know it or not- Anne Frank was one of them. Through the vivid narration of her firsthand experience of the war, we can come to perceive the Holocaust in a whole new light, in a way that’s described by an ordinary, determined young girl whose whole life was changed just because of her race, and how millions of other’s lives were too.

World War II began on September 1, 1939, but the beginnings of Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism began much prior to the official start of the war. “Hitler was obsessed with the idea of the superiority of the “pure” German race, which he called ‘Aryan,’ and with the need for “Lebensraum,” or living space, for that race to expand,” says In Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf (My Struggle), he states “the sacred mission of the German people…to assemble and preserve the most valuable racial elements…and raise them to the dominant position.” In the year of 1934, he appointed himself to the rank of führer, meaning “absolute ruler.” Seven years later, Hitler would commence the deadliest war the world had ever faced, while taking along with him up to 80 million individuals, soldiers and civilians alike. By 1942, Hitler had made his ultimate resolution clear- to exterminate all Jews. Thousands of Concentration Camps had been produced to eradicate the entire Jewish race, whether

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