They had conquered Norway, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, and Luxemburg(An Introductory History of the Holocaust-Jewish Virtual Library). After German religious leaders protested, Hitler put an end to the Holocaust in August 1941(An Introductory History of the Holocaust-Jewish Virtual Library). In 1933, Jews in Germany were about 525,000 (1%) of the total German population(The Holocaust-World War 2). Between 1933 and 1939, hundreds of thousands of the Jews who could leave Germany, did, those who couldn’t, stayed in fear(The Holocaust-World War 2). Evidence has shown hatred towards the Jews long before the Holocaust(The Holocaust-World War 2).
The Holocaust was a period of time where around six million Jews were killed. When rising to power, Hitler 's main focus was to blame the Jews for the variety of problems Germany was facing at the time. The German people would accept the anti semitic claims and would start to create a deadly reaction against the European Jewish community. The Nazis believed that Jews were the problem, and it needed to be solved by removing them. The mass killings of the Holocaust were what Hitler called "The Final Solution".
Nazis dehumanize the jews in multiple ways and for multiple reasons in the times of the holocaust. The holocaust took place during WWII. At this time the chancellor of Germany know as Adolf Hitler had ordered a crusade against the jewish race. In this time period over 6 million jewish people including men women and children. Families were stripped from their homes with nearly all of their possessions removed from them.After first entering the gates they weren't even allowed the cloths off their backs.Elie Wiesel introduces the theme of Dehumanization in the holocaust by reckoning event of his past life throughout the novel.
Even before WWII began, gypsies faced persecution; for example: “When the Nuremberg laws were passed in September of 1935, the interpreters of these decrees applied to gypsies as well as jews” (Smelser 2). Identical to Jews being deprived of their civil rights, the Nuremberg laws took away gypsies rights. This act of including gypsies in the Nuremberg laws shows that nazi’s saw gypsies as a threat to the Aryan race, causing gypsies to be first non-Jewish group affected by the holocaust. During the holocaust gypsies faced vast amounts of persecution during the holocaust, for instance: “An estimated of some 20,000 gypsies showed that over 90% should be considered mischlinge (of mixed blood). This solved the problem of having to deal with an Aryan minority” (Smelser 2).
They continued saying that Jews wanted to hurt Christian just because they were non-Christians (Wein). Christians began attacking Jews by burning down their properties and even killing them (Wein). Christians used Jews as scapegoats because there was no reason for his awful plague and people began trying to find one which resulted in accusing the Jews which led to violent acts against them. This was a clear sign of Anti-Semitism by labelling Jews as Anti-Christian because they were a different religion than others. Another aspect of human nature is classifying others for inexcusable reasons and in the events that occurred in Europe at that time.
For instance, Anne Frank overheard on the English radio that friends were being taken away. In Source A, she asked herself, “If it 's that bad in Holland, what must it be like in those faraway and uncivilized places where the Germans are sending them? We assume that most of them are being murdered.” In other words, Jewish people who listened to the English radio felt threatened and apprehensive, because the government was leading them to make assumptions of horrible conditions friends and family may be in. Similarly, the eight steps of genocide illustrate how the government’s actions affect the Nazis view of the Jewish people, by making them seem different and out of place. Source B describes, “2.
The Holocaust was the methodical deportation, dehumanization, and extermination of eleven million people during World WarⅡ (MacKay 6). As a result, two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe was extinguished (MacKay 7). With them, the rich culture and immense potential they held was lost to a senseless mass murder (MacKay 4). The unimaginable brutality of the Holocaust will never be forgotten, and neither will the millions of people who left their friends, family, and neighbors, never to be seen again (Antisemitism). The Holocaust is a time in history when millions of people were persecuted in Europe by being sent to live in ghettos and eventually being deported to concentration camps where they were systematically annihilated until the Allied forces liberated the remaining survivors.
'The Book Thief’ a fictional novel by Markus Zusak, and ‘Night ' an autobiography by Elie Wiesel, are two texts that are set during the Holocaust era in World War 2 and represent the reading of how Overpowering governments cause the death and oppression of individuals through discriminative regimes, such as Nazi Germany. Both authors utilise the reading through historical context, figurative language and perspective. The Book Thief is set between the years 1939 till 1943 in Germany, in a small fictional town called Molching. During the Holocaust period in World War 2. In this era, six million Jewish lives were taken by the Nazi government.
This eventually led to the deaths of over 6 million Jews. Just like the “witches” of Salem, European Jews were the scapegoat for the Third Reich of Nazi Germany. Both groups, the villagers of Salem, and the people of Germany, blamed one group of people for social issues happening during their respective period of time. A less known incident would be the Los Angeles “zoot suit” riots. A zoot suit is a style of suit popularized during the 1940’s by African, Chicano, and Italian American communities.
The Holocaust is a horrifying subject that started in the early 1940’s and mid-WWII. The Holocaust was formed by Adolf Hitler (Allen 5). He directed a team of people called Nazis to build the concentration camps (Allen 5). The Nazis killed many people during the Holocaust including Jewish men, women, and children. It all started with one camp called Auschwitz where many people died including author and holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel’s family.