Millions of people that the Nazis considered to be imperfect were brutally killed in this camp. The Auschwitz concentration camp deported at least 1.3 million people to the complex, out of which 1.1 million were murdered in cruel and inhumane ways until the camp’s liberation by the Soviets on January 27, 1945. The idea of the “final solution” was implemented by the infamous leader of the Nazi party, Adolf Hitler. This brutal regime leader soon became, “convinced that his “Jewish problem” would be solved only with the elimination of every Jew in his domain, along with artists, educators, Gypsies, communists, homosexuals, the mentally and physically handicapped and others deemed unfit for survival in Nazi Germany” (History.com). It is difficult to find an accurate number of the people that were transported and killed in Auschwitz.
Even Lenin, who was gravely ill, was helpless to regain control from Stalin.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.
“Today, the word Auschwitz has become synonymous with terror, genocide, and The Holocaust.” (Auschwitz- Birkenau: History and Review). Auschwitz was the biggest and most disastrous camp in the Holocaust. The jews, and many other racial groups were sent to these concentration camps just for simply not being good enough for Hitler. Auschwitz had three death camps, and at each of them it was just as brutal as it sounds. Death had taken over these camps, and if these prisoners were not killed they just had the life taken out of them.
As mentioned frequently throughout The Book Thief, humans can be utterly terrible creatures. One particular case of this side of the human race can be seen in the Genocide of Ukraine, which was also called the Holodomor, meaning "death by hunger". About a quarter of the entire Ukrainian population perished as a direct result of this, which took place from 1932-1933. The average rate of death in Ukraine was 25,000 per day, which altogether added to a total of over 10,000,000 victims. Who is to blame for this persecution of the Ukrainian people?
The Holocaust was an era of catastrophe and hatred that lead to the deaths of many, many innocent lives (Meltzer Rescue 1). The Holocaust was considered a wrongdoing against all of humanity (Meltzer Rescue 3). The Holocaust was a time full of hatred and wrongdoing for many years (Meltzer Rescue 3). The Holocaust was an attempt to exterminate (Meltzer 15).The Holocaust was in many different places at once (Meltzer Rescue Map). The Holocaust took place in England (Meltzer Rescue Map).
Joseph Stalin was and still is universally known for his harsh leadership in the Soviet Union. To examine the extent of his cruelness, World Civilization II: The Rise and Fall of Empires© 1500-present stated, "Stalin was not a communist; he was a sociopath. He enjoyed hurting people and ordering their deaths. In his time as dictator of the Soviet Union, he was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of his people, and the cruel torture and imprisonment of millions more" (Sattler, 71). However, this only scratches the surface of what Stalin put the Soviet Union through.
The Holocaust Before the event of the Holocaust, there was 9 million Jews in Europe (Introduction). After, there were 6 million of them dead because of the Nazi party (Yeatts 7). This was all part of the plan to kill Jews using the “Final Solution” all across Europe. The Holocaust took place from 1933-1945 all across Europe in a quest to kill Jews and other groups of people (Steele 6). The people involved in this mass murder are Hitler (chancellor of Germany), Hermann Goering (commander of the air force) and Joachin von Ribbentrop, minister of Foreign Affairs (Yeatts 38).
Since it was enough for one person to “suspect” another in treason in order for them to be taken, many have taken advantage of it in order to get rid of the individuals, that they disliked. The first concentration camp Nazis created was Dachau in March 1933, near Munich. Later on they were not called labor or concentration camps anymore, but rather extermination camps. Auschwitz is the biggest and most well known concentration camp. “In Auschwitz Birkenau, more than 1.1 million Jews, 70,000 Poles, 25,000 Sinti, some 15,000 prisoners of war from the USSR and other countries were murdered.” The prisoners were exploited for labor.
Because of his living conditions and being bullied and called name led him to treat people who opposed him cruelly. Stalin also killed over 2 million people during his rule as leader of Russia/U.S.S.R. When he called for a collectivization and there were millions of kulaks that opposed Stalin many of which were killed and during the collectivization millions more died. Stalin turned Russia into a totalitarian state, meaning everything would be controlled by Stalin. He used fear to get the people what they wanted, and the people’s voice started to fade.
Ultranationalism exist when nationalism is taken to an extreme form in which citizens are forced into a dictatorship following one ruling elite. Ultranationalism is an common cause of genocide in the favour of economic stability. As evidenced in the Soviet Union, Ultranationalism first began to develop when Joseph Stalin’s came into power with the goal of making the Soviet Union an economic powerhouse. Stalin introduced his Five Year Plans, consisting of collectivization of agriculture across Ukraine. With domestic policies like this genocide started to reside leading to the Ukrainian Famine known as Holodomor from 1932 to 1933.