The World Of The Holocaust

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The Holocaust (Ancient Greek word for: a sacrifice completely burnt on the altar) also known as the Shoah (Hebrew word for: which specifically denotes the Nazi effort to annihilate the Jew, “catastrophic”), was the methodical, administrative, state-sponsored persecution of the murder of six million Jewish People, between 30th January 1933 to 8th May 1945. This annihilation was initiated by the members of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party and its collaborators who seized power in 1933. The Nazis believed in the doctrine of racial superiority, that Germany were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior”. During this era of the Shoah, Nazi Germany also targeted other groups of their supposed “racial inferiority”: Gypsies, the…show more content…
Within months of Hitler becoming chancellor, he introduced a law that allowed compulsory sterilisation to those people with physical or mental disabilities where they were legally forced to have an operation to stop then from having children. In total 400 000 were sterilised and approximately 5000 people died. On top of this 70 000 were killed under the ‘T4’ euthanasia program, the Germans first program of mass murder, preceding the genocide of the European Jewry. Eventually the Nazis gradually restricted the rights of the German Jewish citizens where Anti-Semitism and Eugenics (a pseudoscience that aims to ‘improve’ the human gene pool) combined in Germany racial policies. This violence continued against the Jewish people and sought to remove all Jews from the government, where Nazi followers were encouraged to commit acts of violence and destruction against Jews and their property. The laws also limited the number of Jewish students allowed in public schools, many were banned from public places, and Jewish officers were expelled from the army, and transferred ownership of many of the Jewish business to non-Jewish Germans. Similar Nazi obligations were also pressed on other groups like the Romani people and from 1936 they were forced into internment camps. As Hitler’s policies began to take hold, many Jewish People (and Germans), refused to believe the reality of what was occurring around them. Some people left Germany, including the famous
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