When Ukrainian farmers refused to give up their land, Stalin took away their crops, and as a result, about 10 million Ukrainians starved. Sergey Kirov, a political rival of Stalin, was found murdered in 1934. Stalin, although believed to be behind the murder, used this opportunity to further reduce the numbers of his political rivals, and those who opposed him. Stalin arrested thousands of men (who ‘coincidentally’ opposed him), and imprisoned and executed them. Stalin also used his power to close arrest thousands of religious leaders, and close down nearly all churches, instead replacing them with icons of himself.
Elie Wiesel introduces the theme of Dehumanization in the holocaust by reckoning event of his past life throughout the novel. Dehumanization is just one of the many acts committed by Germany that makes the holocaust one of if not the biggest crime against humanity of all time. One way the Germans were able
In 1922, Stalin became the General Secretary of the Communist Party, granting him control over all cabinet appointments. Stalin, a shrewd opportunist, ensured to appoint members who supported him and could serve as a solid political base during any of his future ambitious power plays. Stalin made these decisions in order to centralize power and structure a dynamic in which nearly all members of the central command were indebted to him. Suffering a stroke the same year, Lenin, although expressing private disapproval of Stalin, could not stop Stalin’s power abuse. Lenin died on 21 January 1924, clearing the path for Stalin’s rise to
The Kulaks in Ukraine resisted collectivization, and murdered officials, torched the property of collectives, and even burned down their own crops in protest. Stalin declared that they should liquidate the Kulaks as a class. Adrian Karatnycky wrote “Ukrainian victims of starvation at 4.5 million to 7 million... Stalin used the forced famine as a part of a political strategy whose aim was to crush all vestiges of Ukrainian national sentiments. ”(Document 7)
The Nazis had dismantled those camps in 1943 after most of the Jews in Poland had been exterminated. Chelmno closed and re-opened a total of 3 different times. They killed around 152,000 people at Chelmno. In September 1944 a few Jewish prisoners were forced to get rid of and cremate any remaining corpses as the Soviet Army approached the camp. Chelmno was approached by the Soviet Army on January 17, 1945.
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
In retaliation to Jews for killing a German policeman in self defense on July 31, 1940 the nazis carried out a public mass execution(“Holocaust”). This day was later named “Bloody Wednesday”. They were tortured by anxiety, were insecure of the present, torn between hope and despair, and felt helpless. There were many people who were persecuted during the Holocaust that weren’t Jewish: spouses of Jews, Roma Gypsies, resisters, priests and pastor, Jehovah Witnesses, political enemies, homosexuals, the disabled, and African-German descent. Spouses of Jews had to choose between getting a divorce or being sent to concentration camps along with their Jewish Spouse.
After Lenin's death, in 1924, Stalin set out to destroy the old party leadership and take total control. At first, he had people removed from power through bureaucratic shuffling and denunciations. Many were exiled abroad to Europe and the Americas, including presumed Lenin successor Leon Trotsky. However, further paranoia set in and Stalin soon conducted a vast reign of terror, having people arrested in the night and put before spectacular show trials. Potential rivals were accused of aligning with capitalist nations, convicted of being "enemies of the people" and summarily executed.
We shall kill. If you have not killed at least one German a day, you have wasted that day… If you killed one German, kill another – there is not thing funnier than for us than a pile of German corpses” Norman quotes a chant at the time in his book - The Russians in Germany: A History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation (72). This chant by Ilay Ehrenburg of hatred towards the Germans were so often “printed and repeated that they became national slogan” (72).
The Holocaust was one of the worst events to ever happen to mankind. It was started by the Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler. He thought that the Aryan race was superior to every other race. He had a massive hatred for the Jewish race and decided to try and exterminate every living Jewish person. He killed around two-thirds of all the European Jews (Byers 10).
The genocide that Stalin inflicted on the Ukrainians began in 1929 with massive deportations of the most successful farmers of Ukraine. All farmers were forced to give up their land to the government. These farms would then be state owned and factory ran. If farmers and families would refuse to leave their homes, they would be drug out of their houses and forced onto freight trains that would then take them to remote areas. To add on, the Soviet Union sharply increased Ukraine 's’ production quotas, to make it near impossible to fill, which eventually led to the widespread starvation all across Ukraine.
Daily Life in The Concentration Camps “… the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jews.” – Adolf Hitler. It was a very sad time in Germany, it all started when Adolf Hitler got elected. His plan was to wipe out the Jews from all of existence, and he ended up killing 11 million people. The first part of his plan was to open up a few camps, and he ended up with 20,000 concentration camps, some of the main camps are Aushwits-Burkina, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, Sobibor, Treblinka, Theresienstat, and Buchenwald.
Post WWl, Russia was still not industrialized, suffering economically and politically and in no doubt in need of a leader after Lenin’s death. “His successor, Joseph Stalin, a ruthless dictator, seized power and turned Russia into a totalitarian state where the government controls all aspects of private and public life.” Stalin showed these traits by using methods of enforcement, state control of individuals and state control of society. The journey of Stalin begins now.
In the early nineteen hundreds, Russia was ruled by Czar Nicholas II. He was the last in line of a long line of monarchs called Romanovs. By 1915 , most of the Russian people had lost complete faith in the Czar. Many factors include the corruption of the Russian government, approximately 3 quarters of Russia was poverty stricken, substandard working conditions and wages, and the dreadful involvement in World War I. Russia’s political problems during the Russian Revolution caused a major shift in people’s lives government, and religion. In 1917, there were two revolutions that took place in March and October.
There were two dictators arose in the early 20th century - Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. They were absolute, ambitious, brutal and ruthless. They sought after strong power and absolute loyalty. Stalin ruled the biggest country crossing Eurasia, the Soviet Union, and contributed greatly to the victory of the Allies in the World War II. Hitler reconstructed Germany from its defeat in the World War I. But simultaneously, because of them, at least 50 million people died between 1930 and 1950 and millions of people suffered in great pains.