Gaunt Faces and physically and mentally exhausted bodies plagued the majority of the Jewish- German population from 1933 to 1945. As gruesome as the Holocaust was it was a major turning point in not only German but global history. The culprit? Adolf Hitler and his handful of dysfunctional political accomplices. To emphasize on the statements above the Holocaust caused approximately 6 million deaths of innocent Jews and other “unsatisfactory” members of society including the handicapped and gypsies.
He killed around two-thirds of all the European Jews (Byers 10). World War II was going on at the same time as the Holocaust. The Allied forces, which included The United States of America, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, were fighting the Axis Powers, which consisted of Germany, Italy, and Japan. (Mackay 4-5). 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 Holocaust was an event where 6 million Jews and 5 million others were put to death by the German state leader Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945 (Rossel 12). Yet the nearly 6 million Jews who were harshly killed were very real. They had families and went about their life just we do (Rossel 16). The Holocaust killing took place in 3 different countries. Germany and Russia split Poland into 2 different parts.
Over 1,100,000 Jews died in Auschwitz alone, but it is impossible to count how many Jews died in the Holocaust. A few facts about hitler are, Hitler was believed to hate Jews because his mother died during surgery that a Jewish doctor was performing. Another one is, Hitler committed suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin, Germany on April 30th, 1945 at the age of 56. Also,Hitler’s spouse was Eva Braun. And finally, Hitler initiated World War II.
Rajiv Goswami Writing I Hitler Youth Movement In 1944, Anne Frank wrote in her diary, “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains,” (Frank 157). She was murdered at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp the following year. By the time of the liberation of Auschwitz, approximately two million Jewish, gypsy, disabled, and non-Aryan children died at the hands of Hitler and his Nazi collaborators. This figure disregards almost eight million German boys and girls who were part of the Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend (Hitlerjugend) which translates to “German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth”. The indoctrination of these children by the Nazi regime through a plethora of means shows the dedication of such high profile Nazis
The invasion resulted in 2,300 military and civilian 3,000 deaths. 2,500 German aircrafts bombed the Netherlands during the invasion. The invasion of the Germans landed in the city of Blitzkrieg. The Jews were banned from being in the civil service of the Netherlands. In 1941 of January the Jews were required to sign in as Jews.
Can you think of a person that is respected by some people, but hated by others? A person can be viewed as a hero while also being viewed as a villain because people experience and see things differently. A few examples of these hero/villains are, Adolf Hitler and even parents. Adolf Hitler, Germany’s ruler was a hero to the Germans for many reasons. One of the reasons being that he murdered six million Jews.
Over 11 million civilians were murdered in between the time period of January 30, 1933 to May 8, 1945. These innocent people were murdered in various, inhumane ways such as firing line, terrible living conditions, gassing with the use of carbon dioxide and Zyklon B, and forcing people to work until death. The Holocaust is one of, if not the darkest time in the history of human life on Earth. Many people committed suicide or suicide by guard because they did not and could not stand the conditions they were forced to live in. Most knew what their fate was and when it came time for them to meet their fate, they would kill themselves or have guards kill them.
The first of the people to be sent to concentration camps were communists and social democrats who were sent to the first concentration that opened in Dachau in 1933. By July 1933, there were about 27,000 people in the “protective custody” in concentration camps. Over the next few years, Nazis set themselves to Aryanize Germany. All non-Aryans were dismissed from civil service, businesses owned by Jews were liquidated and a lot of Jews lost most of their clients in their professions. Nuremberg Laws, made prejudice and discrimination against the Jews a norm.
Hitler was offered a job from Captain Karl Mayr, to be a political speaker of anti-Semitic propaganda. After a first short speech he gave to a crowd, Captain Mayr realize the potential and anger Hitler had toward loosing the war, and blame the Jewish people for
Respect and the high self esteem Germans held plummeted to an all time low. “Losing” WWI couldn’t be proclaimed as the detriment to Germany’s society, something that could renew the hope in the people that it’s once great country could make a comeback. A young Adolf Hitler provided this answer, this answer being the Jews. A few years later and a couple more in prison led to the anti-Jew, gypsy, gay, disabled, and any other conflicting religion Germany of WWII. Millions of innocent people were murdered, sparking a flame that would scorch many lands
A cold war between the United Stated and the Soviet Union began in the result of the War. Wars would follow this one called “surrogate wars.” World War II lasted for 12 years. Hitler had built countless camps where 11 million people were murdered. 6 million of those were Jews. The Jewish population was cut down so much.
Deaths then stop at Sobibor, after over 250,000 deaths. All traces of the death camp are then removed and trees are planted. One major addition to the death toll of the Holocaust is the liquidation of the Kraków ghetto. Kraków was one of the huge five ghettos made by the Nazis. The liquidation had killed over 2,000 people, while they “transferred” another 2,000 Jews.
The largest of them being Jews which amounted to 1,095,000 being deported and 960,000 of them had been executed. Next was the Pole 147,000 had been deported and 74,000 had been killed. 23,000 Roma’s were captured leaving only 2000 to walk away. Everyone of the 15,000 Soviet prisioners had been killed, and lastly 25,000 of other groups and colors whom only had 12,000 die. All together Auschwitz had nearly 1.3 million people walk through the gates and only 200,000 had survived.
The holocaust was led by an Austrian born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. How did it begin? The reason why so many people inside and outside Germany hated Jews so much was because they had all been brought up in an environment in which it was common to blame Jews for all the ills of the world, for being malevolent, for working with the devil to defile the Christian mind and for crucifying Jesus Christ. These ancient Christian anti semitic accusations, grounded on foundational Christian theology, metamorphosed itself