The Holocaust was a disaster affecting many people's lives, mainly targeting Jewish people. They were also against Poles, Gypsies, Russians, The Disabled, Jehovah's Witnesses and Homosexuals. During the Holocaust six million Jews were murdered and many others were treated inhuman and killed. People who were affected by the Holocaust were discriminated, segregated and hated. This people were mistreated and their freedom was taking away, just by having different beliefs and have a different looks.
At first, the Nazis were only killing political opponents like Communists and/or Social Democrats, for which their harshest persecution was used. Many of the first prisoners sent to Dachau (The first official concentration camp opened near Munich in March of 1933) were communists. By July, the concentration camps run by the Germans held around 27,000 people in what they called “protective custody.” The Nazis had huge rallies and acts of symbolism such as burning of books by Jews. During the years of 1933 to 1939, the hundreds of thousands of Jews who were able to leave Germany got out quickly, but many were left behind, and they lived their lives in a constant state of uncertainty and fear. During the fall of 1939, Hitler started the so-called Euthanasia Program. The Euthanasia Program allowed Nazi officials to select around 70,000 German citizens institutionalized for mental illnesses or disabilities. These Germans were to be gassed to death. After prominent German
To me the holocaust was a terrifying and horrible. People were dying because of not getting enough food and the diseases that were being spreaded throughout the camp were all the people were. They were not treated and not feed well enough to live. Even if they did the suddenst thing they could possibly be shot of hurt by a guard. According to the website http://history1900s.about.com/od/holocaust/a/holocaustfacts.htm The Holocaust began in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany and ended in 1945 when the Nazis were defeated by the Allied powers. The term "Holocaust," originally from the Greek word "holokauston" which means "sacrifice by fire," refers to the Nazi's persecution and planned slaughter of the Jewish people. The Hebrew word
Nazism developed several theories concerning races. The Nazis claimed to scientifically measure a strict hierarchy of human race. Once firmly in power, Hitler’s plans for the ending of the struggle between the Aryan race and the “inferior races” was set to work. These races feared as a biological threat to the master race purity. At the bottom of this hierarchy were “parasitic” races which were perceived to be dangerous to society. Hitler’s Nazi theory also claimed that his Aryan race is superior to all other races, that a
In January 1933, the Nazi's came into power in Germany. They believed that Germans were the superior race, and that the Jews were inferior as well as a threat to the German racial community. It was not only the Jews that were deemed "racial inferior":Gypsies, the disabled, and some Slavic peoples. Other groups were targeted based on their political, ideological and behavioral grounds. For example, Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals.
The Nazis took the people and their property. Hitler did not stop at German Jews, he took Jewish people from all over Eastern Europe and Jews were forced to leave all their belongings behind and could only bring necessities, such as one change of clothes and bedding. They were also given an insufficient rations of food. Thousands of people in these ghettos starved to death or died of disease. Many people did not want to live after visiting this “hellish” place. Some Jews tried to get out of this, but they were powerless against Nazi soldiers. For example, in one ghetto soldiers told 6 Jewish people to run and shot them down as they ran away. These Jewish people were put in a human cage with no way to get out. Some were surrounded by barbed wire and some had a fence of soldiers keeping them in.
During the 1930s, under Hitler’s rule, the German people viewed the Jews as the second-class citizen and sub-humans. Hitler and his Nazi Party proclaimed a new racial order known as the Aryans, meaning that the German people were the “master race”. The image in which a man and a woman were surrounded by people and two Nazi soldiers, and the man wore a sign saying “I am a race refiler”. The law proposed by Hitler indicated that an Aryan could not married a non-Aryan. The man violated this law because he married a Jewish woman.The Jews were not equal to German; therefore, marrying an Aryan was forbidden. Limiting Jews’ marriage with Aryans demonstrated that they had lower status than the Aryans, and the Jews would only stain the purity of Aryans,
In Mein Kampf Hitler states that the Aryans are the superior race amongst others (Documents in World History). I believe that Hitler assumes that mankind can be divided into three types of people in the world which fall under three different categories: the founders, bearers and cultural destroyers. It is safe to say that Hitler assumes that the Aryans are the founders of the culture, who are not allowed to mate with the weaker powers as the higher power does not dominate. He is discouraging his followers to mix racially because it leads to destruction in physical and mental strength and lowers the higher power. He believes when the blood mixes they will lose their purity and destroy the masters of society - the Aryans.
The German Nazis, also referred to as the Aryan race, felt that their evolutionary superiority gave them not only the right, but the duty and responsibility to overthrow all other races. Hitler
He believed that Aryans (blonde hair and blue eyes), also known as the “perfect race” were superior to all races. He identified Jews with Bolshevism and a type of cosmic evil. It was taught that Jews were to be discriminated against not because of their religion but because of their race. Despite the economic and political successes, Nazism kept it’s power through mass manipulation and coercion. As Hitler said speaking to a crowd at the Sports Palace in Berlin, “and we say that war will not end as the Jews imagine it will, namely with the uprooting of the Aryans, but as a result of this war will be the complete annihilation of the Jews.”Jews and other minority races were often sent to concentration camps to either be killed or to be worked until they die from starvation or exhaustion. The Jews were to wear the star of David on their shoulder to show that they were Jews. Any race that was a minority to the Aryans were allowed to be treated anyway, no matter how
An unemployed soldier after fighting in World War I, Hitler engaged himself as a politically active individual joining the Nazi Party. Shortly after joining, “Hitler proved to be such a powerful public speaker and organizer that he quickly became the party’s leader. Calling himself Der Fuhrer- “the Leader”- he promised to bring Germany out of chaos” (the book). As part of the Nazi Party, Hitler implemented government policies based on anti-Semitism and racism. Nazism, which is a specific type of fascism, believed in a superior race; “Germans- especially blue eyed, blond haired “Aryans”- formed a “master race” that was destined to rule the world. “Inferior races,” such as Jews, Slavs, and all nonwhites, were deemed fit only to serve the Aryans” (the book).
The Nazi regime took over most of Europe between 1939 and 1941 to prove their racial superiority. This take-over sparked the Holocaust. Now that Hitler held power over most of Europe, the Nazi party did not keep their anti-semitic ideologies hidden anymore. Hitler believed that the Aryan race (blond hair and blue eyed individuals) were superior to the French and British, and everyone else like Jews, Gypsies, and Slavs were Untermenschen, which translates to “subhuman.”