After waiting in line to be evaluated by “doctors,” Jews were separated in different groups, most of which were sent to the “showers” that were actually gas chambers and got carbon monoxide poisoning. The others who weren't killed immediately worked at the camp and either starved to death or were later purged. By the end of World War 2, about 6 million Jews were murdered in concentration camps (Textbook, pg 503-504). Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Auschwitz, reflected, “Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust” (Textbook, pg 505). Still to this day, Wiesel is traumatized by the grim experiences that took place in the Auschwitz death camp.
This is a quote from Death, the narrator of The Book Thief talking about the countless amount of Jewish people who died at the hands of the Nazi Regime in Germany during the Second World War. Zusak uses Death as the narrator to show how dire the situation was for any Jew or anybody who attempted to help them. This is effective as a technique because death has a sense of
From the presentation, I learned what the term “Genocide” meant and how it is connected to Survival in Auschwitz. According to the presentation, “Genocide” is violence against members of a national, ethnical, racial or religious group with intent to destroy the entire group. This term was used after World War II, when atrocities were committed by the Nazi regime against the Jews of Europe. In 1948, the United Nations declared genocide as an international crime. Genocide has eight stages: classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp The Nazis thought concentration camps were a good way to detain individuals, one of the largest and most outrageous concentration camps was known as Auschwitz, millions of people died and few survived. Auschwitz had three major death camps, Auschwitz I was where medical and chemical experiments were done. Poland’s first and largest concentration camp, established in 1940 by SS authorities was known as Auschwitz. It was a detention center used by the Nazi Regimes as a way to keep political prisoners, suspected enemies and others not supportive of Nazi Germany together. People sent to Auschwitz were used as forced laborers for the war and other jobs.
The Holocaust is the murdering of 6 million Jews and 5 million non-Jews. “Holocaust“ in Greek means to “sacrifice by fire,” which the Nazis did in Crematories inside the camps. The Nazis targeted many people other than just the Jews. The main groups of people targeted by the Nazis were the Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, Slavic people, such as Poles and Russians, communists, socialists, Jehovah’s Witness, and homosexuals (Introduction). The Nazis were taking over all of Europe, but they never invade past the borders of Europe.
Additionally, the Holocaust ended up affecting the economies of countries. On the 9th and 10th of November in 1938, Kristallnacht took place in Germany as revenge for the death of Ernst von Rath, the third secretary of the German Embassy in Paris, who was shot on the 7th on the month by Herschel Grynszpan, a Polish Jew. These days were referred to as the night of broken glass, Kristallnacht, because these days involved the legal destruction of Jewish owned homes and businesses. On Kristallnacht, thousands of Jewish homes, shops, and 586 synagogues were destroyed. The irrational destruction of property angered Hermann Goering, not because he thought it was immoral to the Jews, but because the destroyed shops and homes lost a lot of their value.
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.
The Holocaust occurred in Europe in the early 1940’s (Altman 1). Constructed by Adolf Hitler, Germany’s first and only Führer, the Holocaust is a horrible event (Introduction). Jewish people were treated in cruel and brutal ways. Over six million died in concentration camps, ghettos, or death marches (Rice 11). 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.
Nations across the world saw this evil and banded together to fight against Germany and their Nazi party, with the goal to liberate the Holocaust prisoners and bring an end to Hitler’s cruel ways (Byers Overview 101). 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. Jews were not treated the same as other German citizins by the Nazi party. This act of hatred or maybe even racism was called Anti-Semitism. Due to this Jews were wrongly blamed for sickness, poverty, economic crisis, political conflicts, and more (Byers 9).
In WW2 the holocaust clamed 6 million Jews lives, and over 7 million soviets died too and 1.7 million of those soviets were also counted towards the 6 million Jews. The holocaust was a genocide during World War II in when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany tried to take over then world and also attempted to kill off all the Jews. They would send Jews and people who opposed them to concentration camps where they were either durned or worked till they couldn’t. Night is an autobiography by Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor. Auschwitz death camp is a video documentary with oprah winfrey and Elie Wiesel.
The death camps were places where the detainees would be taken into chambers where toxic gas would be released and the prisoners would just drop dead. The “Final Solution” was one of the key elements that the Nazi Society believed in. Though at the beginning of the Nazi occupation of Europe work camps were the places where the prisoners were forced to work long grueling hours, later in the occupation they started to use death camps to help them in the “Final Solution”. According to the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Millions of people were imprisoned and abused in the various types of Nazi camps. Under SS management, the Germans and their collaborators murdered more than three million Jews in the killing centers alone.
It just so happens that Elie Wiesel was one of the strongest survivors. So, what was Wiesel trying to prove? Well, he insisted on sharing what he went through and explained the vast loss of faith he suffered from due to the concentration camps. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses characterization, imagery, and tone to show the emotion and detail of his experience in such a tragic event. Elie Wiesel asserts characterization in the book Night by really giving details about each individual that was urgent at this time.
The book Night, by Elie Wiesel, documents the Holocaust and the hatred Hitler showed towards the Jews and their families. Throughout the Holocaust, Hitler would imprison Jews in concentration camps throughout Europe. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust, writes in the book Night about his experiences in the concentration camps where he and other Jews were mistreated and abused. Even throughout the mistreatment, Elie expresses how important his family is to him.
Shown through the Holocaust, concentration camps, and immigration, it was proven that Jews during World War II were some of the most harshly treated people of all time. The Holocaust is one of the most devastating events in human history as the Nazi’s killed millions. Most Jews were thrown into labor facilities known as Concentration camps, and it is shocking the amount of horrific happenings inside of these camps. For the ones that tried to escape Nazi occupation, the Jewish people had to hide and flee, however it was also a struggle to make it into another country. Throughout history there have been many terrible events and wars, however WWII proved to be one of the cruelest times there ever will be, and the Jews suffered the most during this time.
The Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of six million Jews during the Nazi genocide - in 1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Nazi Germany during World War 2. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed. The number of children killed during the Holocaust is not fathomable and full statistics for the tragic fate of children who died will never be known.