Essay Treatment of the Jews During the Holocaust

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Treatment of the Jews During the Holocaust

The Nazi slaughter of European Jews during World War II, commonly referred to as the Holocaust, occupies a special place in our history. The genocide of innocent people by one of the world's most advanced nations is opposite of what we think about the human race, the human reason, and progress. It raises doubts about our ability to live together on the same planet with people of other cultures and persuasions. Before it happened, virtually no one thought such a slaughter likely or even possible. To be sure, for many centuries anti-Semitism had been widespread throughout Europe. Devout Christians had viewed the Jews as Christ killers and deliberate misbelievers, but conversion was
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The most that I learned happened was those anti-Semitic minorities that took the "Jewish problem" seriously liked to solve it by assimilating the Jews into the larger population or else repealing their emancipation and restoring the old discriminatory laws. Even the toughest that may have thought there was a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the economy, recommended their expulsion as a remedy of last resort. So I believe that anti-Semitism was necessary prior to the Holocaust, but did not make it inevitable. I have learned that after World War I, Europe experienced severe economic and political problems that intensified anti-Semitism almost everywhere. This added to the old charges that Jews were unpatriotic and greedy and there was the accusation that they were behind the spread of Communism. In Germany, Adolf Hitler, who had become a racial anti-Semite as a youth in his birth country of Austria, made attacks on the Jews from the beginning of his career in the Nazi party in postwar Munich. Such attacks became the mainstay of Nazi propaganda throughout his rise to power, but he did not always use them. Hitler and his followers used these attacks when it played for their position and not when it served against them. However, once in power, the Nazis showed that they were sincere anti-Semites from the start. Jews were fired from government jobs, and were subjected to discriminatory laws, sporadic
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