The World War II And Nazi Concentration Camps

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Introduction The First World War (1914-18) created the instability in Europe which set the stage for another international conflict, World War II. It broke out two decades later and would prove even more devastating. Rising to power in an economically and politically unstable Germany, Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist (Nazi Party) rearmed the nation and signed strategic treaties with Italy and Japan to further his ambitions of world domination. Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 drove Great Britain and France to declare war on Germany, and World War II had begun. Over the next six years, the conflict would take more lives and destroy more land and property around the globe than any previous war. Among the estimated 45-60…show more content…
Nazi’s authority had dramatically increased through its control over the police since Hitler used a suspicious fire in the German parliament in February 1933 to suspend basic civil rights. Political opponents, along with Jews, were subject to intimidation, persecution, and discriminatory legislation. Using the Civil Service Law of April 1933, German authorities began eliminating Jews from governmental agencies, and state positions in the economy, law and cultural life. The Nazi government abolished trade unions. By mid-July, the Nazi party was the only political party left in Germany. Hitler had the final say that, Nazi foreign policy was guided by the racist belief that Germany was biologically destined to expand eastward by military force and that an enlarged, racially superior German population should establish permanent rule in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Within this framework, “racially inferior” peoples, such as Jews and Gypsies, would be eliminated from the region. However, anti-Semitism in Europe did not begin with Adolf Hitler. Though use of the term itself dates only to the 1870s, there is evidence of hostility toward Jews long before the Holocaust—even as far back as the ancient world, when Roman authorities destroyed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem and forced Jews to leave Palestine. The enlightenment, during the 17th and 18th centuries, emphasized religious toleration, and in the 19th century Napoleon and other
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