World War II was a time of devastating and catastrophic events. One of the tragedies that occurred in this time was the Holocaust. It is estimated that over six million people were killed from Holocaust occurrences. The Nazi political party can be accredited with the creation of this horrible event. They were led by the infamous ruler Adolf Hitler.
The jews starved daily and were forced to work like slaves. The Nazis partied in front of the jews and taunted them on the regular. Some camps were just full of hatred for example 1 million people died at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp 90% of those were jews. The main cause in this camp was gas chambers.
Many people were sick and underfed (Warsaw). Illness was also a constant looming threat because partly of the food, and that the ghettos were always damp and wet (Allen 38). Many Jewish organizations around the world tried to help ghettos in Germany and Poland, but the help wasn’t enough (Warsaw). Arguably the worst and definitely the biggest ghetto during the war was Warsaw Ghetto. An estimated 83,000 Jews and minorities died in the ghetto, mainly due to sickness and starvation.
Before entering the ovens the Jews were stripped of everything for a ¨shower¨ where they all merged in. ¨Very close to us stood the tall chimney of the crematoriums furnace. It no longer impressed us.¨ The Jews got locked in the chambers and were left there to burn slowly and painfully.
During Kristallnacht (“The night of the broken glass”), 8,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, 30,000 Jews taken to concentration camps. Almost 2,000 through 2,500 deaths were caused by the terrible events of that horrible night. This tragedy was not only the SS and SA carrying out this persecution but it was met with involvement of many German citizens. German citizens aren’t as innocent as history makes them. Now there were some Germans who opposed to the Holocaust, that were afraid to speak out because Hitler was so powerful at the time.
The camp smelled terrible because of all the unburied bodies that were stacked up in sheds and broken buildings. They also found over seven tons of human hair, about 836,000 women’s coats and 349,000 men’s suits. Then when liberating Majdanek the Red army found much of the same characteristics but the prisoners were so far past the breaking point that they would say when they were going to die, and they wished for it. There were stacks of dried, bleached bones and skulls. When the Red Army was taking care of the people at the least, six to seven people would die each day.
There is no accurate number of deaths at Auschwitz because the “unfit” people at this camp were immediately taken to ‘showers” disguised as gas chambers. These people would then be killed and not registered making it inaccurate to count the deaths at the camp. An estimated 1.1-1.5 million people lost there life at Auschwitz the majority of them Jews. Around 75,000 Poles passed away and about 20,000 Gypsies
The Holocaust Before the Holocaust, Europe had about 9.5 million Jews. Marc states, "About six million Jews were murdered" In the year 1933, Adolf Hitler, became the leader of Germany, He believed that the Germans were racially superior convinced Germany to declare WWII all over Europe and controlled most of the countries in Europe. Although Hitler had Country's occupied by Nazi Germans, the Country, why was the holocaust one of the tragic events that has happened in history? It was the mass murdered and destruction of Jews.
Prisoners were taken to the camps with 100 people in 1 cattle car. (Vali 112) The Holocaust took place in different parts of Germany. (Concentration) There were over 11 million people killed in the Holocaust, and 5 million of them were non-Jews and the other 6 million were Jews.
Shoah/Holocaust The Holocaust was a genocide that took place throughout Europe from 1933-1945 in which six million Jews were beat, gassed, starved, burned, and shot. It took many decades for the jewish population to get back to where it was before the genocide. Many jewish people had to go into hiding due to these terrible acts. One of the many well known jewish people that went into hiding was Anne Frank in which she spent two years in a secret annex with her sister, mother, father, the van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer.
Finally, concentration camps were not immune to disease. After put in the camps, Jews had their head shaved. The SS kept all the hair and used it to stuff the Jews’ pillows. Lice live and hair… and lice carry a lot of diseases. Concentration camps treated Jews much, much worse than internment camps treated Japanese-Americans.
At the camps, the people there were forced to hard labor for days. The weaker ones were killed or they died of starvation. Some even were killed by poisons gas. People were told they are going to take a shower in a big groups. They were asked to take their clothes off.
But usually held 12,000. Plus, there was not enough food, so the inmates were fed spoiled meat and potatoes, and the lack of sewers meant piles of waste built up which as a consequence meant health was terrible ("ListVerse"). Smallpox, malaria, and other diseases ran like wildfire. However, because of all of this the prison hospital was overflowing with the sick and disabled. Also, it got so cold the winter inmates would freeze to death.
Till this day people are trying to study the hatred for Jews. Concentration camps were a death zone for Jews, the Jews were shot, gassed, illness, and still died from the horror in the camps. Then, they would hope for the invaders to come and save their souls. These camps were ment to eliminate all Jews existence. However, they all started getting shut down by the saviors, also known as the invaders.
Their methods used to kill the Jews were mostly shooting or gas vans. Even this took a psychological burden on the nazis to the point where they couldn’t kill. The Holocaust lasted for 12 years and near the end the allies were advancing on Germans and begin to take over the camps. The oder and and sight of the living conditions of these peoples were an abomination. The book night talks about these topics and Wiesel writes and thinks about the death and disappearance of God and his own increasing disgusted with humanity, reflected in the overturn of the parent-child relationship, as his father drops to a helpless state Wiesel becomes his annoyed teenage caregiver.