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
The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me” (115). This parting line reminds the audience that the Holocaust is a real and significant event, that other humans had to experience for themselves. Through Eliezer’s point of view, the audience sees his loss in humanity as he is constantly exposed to death, even losing his father to this tragedy. If banned by administration, the high school canon would lose an extremely valuable novel that combines a well-written and tragic novel that brings to light an example of the many injustices faced by the Jewish people during World War II. Therefore, Elie Wiesel’s Night is a work that acknowledges and honors the significance of the Holocaust in relation to humanity, passing on
The Nazis built camps for both groups and made it their priority to kill as many individuals from each group as they could. The primary difference between the disabled Germans and the Jews was that the disabled Germans were first only subjected to sterilization, while the Jews were murdered. In the beginning, the disabled Germans were sterilized in order to prevent them having children and passing down the less valuable traits ("Law for the Prevention of Offspring with Hereditary Diseases (July 14, 1933). " The Nazis transferred to mass murder when parents of disabled German children asked for euthanasia instead of sterilization (“Introduction to Nazi Euthanasia”). Finally, Holocaust
Undeniably, splitting up families, sending them to gas chambers, and working the prisoners to death is proving that Auschwitz Birkenau was most definitely a
Many people were forced to work under Nazis’ commands. He believed that Germany would win World War II if he could establish dictatorship and finish the Jews. Hitler was very harsh and rude towards his state. He totally eliminated opposition parties and forced people to obey Nazis’ commands. Racism was at its peak.
In the camps more than one million people died during World War II, other sources say 1.1 million died in Auschwitz. There are many reasons of death caused by the Nazis in Auschwitz such as in the gas chambers, the Nazis use Zyklon-B as a way to murder the Non-Aryans, once they were murdered they were put into a crematorium which was used to burn the bodies. If the Jews or Non-Aryans disrespected or did not follow the Nazi’s commands they were either shot or hanged if the non-Aryans were not fed enough they either starved to death or got sick and died. One source said 2.1 to 2.5 million Non-Aryans died in the gas chambers. On January 27, 1945, the Soviet army entered Krakow and liberated the Auschwitz Death Camps.
Hitler became impatient while waiting for the Jews to die in the ghettos so he held a conference in Wannsee on January 20, 1942 to decide the next step for purifying Germany. Hitler, along with 15 other scholars, decided to deport all Jews to extermination camps and kill the majority of them in gas chambers. Hitler prohibited the Jews from fleeing the country so he was able to purge the entire population. One of the largest death camps in Germany, Auschwitz, was a result of the Wannsee Conference. This camp was known for the gas chambers that killed 6 thousand Jews a day (The Holocaust Notes, pg 4&7).
The Nazi Party wanted to separate the Jews from the non-Jewish population, so they established ghettos. The ghettos allowed the Nazis to organize the Jews so deportation was easier, quicker, and allowed more Jews to be deported quicker (U.S. Holocaust 3). It was also a way to isolate and control the Jews (Altman 8).
Hitler thought that killing millions of people was what he should do. World War II was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945 and the Holocaust was a catastrophe during that period of time. The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews and other groups of people by the Nazi regime and its collaborators (“VICTIMS OF THE NAZI ERA: NAZI RACIAL IDEOLOGY”). The Nazi Racial Ideology, which was introduced by Hitler, was an essential idea in Germany during the Holocaust. The Nazi Racial Ideology was a theory that allowed people to evaluate people by their racial group.
The term Holocaust is now used to describe the mass genocide by the German Nazi regime during World War II. Millions of Jews and members of other persecuted groups deemed unacceptable by Hitler were tortured and murdered in the most gruesome of ways. Elie Wiesel was among the few survivors to have gone through Auschwitz, the primary death camp used by Nazi soldiers. His personal account of the Holocaust encompasses the death of his family, his loss of innocence, and his first-hand experience viewing the evil of man. Through the use of strategic diction and syntax, figurative language and imagery, Elie Wiesel makes the unimaginable horrors incredibly vivid and clear to his readers.
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.
Concentration camps were a combination of death and labor camps. It is said that, “concentration camp commandants used prisoners as forced laborers for SS construction projects such as the construction or expansion of the camps themselves”. In a way, the Jews were used to make the enemy stronger. Prisoners had to help the soldiers by building new things or assembling weapons or else they were killed. While execution camps were the most common form of killing non-aryan prisoners, many were killed in concentration camps as well.
Zyklon B became a popular substance to be used in Extermination Camps. The use of Zyklon B on Death Camps gave a negative image of the toxic gas and it promptly became the symbol of death. In September, 1941, Germany gassed with Zyklon B about 850 prisoners from the Soviet War (USHMM “Gassing Operations”). Nazis could have used any other tactic to assassinate adversaries. However, Nazis decided to use Zyklon B because it was effective to kill in a large scale.
Grimly, these “inmates of the European prison” faced not only a physical torture/murder of their bodies, but also a crushing blow to their mind, soul, and faith throughout the second war of the world. At the age of 15, Elie survived through the events that stole his life from him; only to leave him in a state of emotional duress, “Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke... these moments that murdered my god and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. (34)” The Nazis were as malevolent el Diablo himself; they played twisted mind games such as these, “We
During the Holocaust, the Nazi’s treated their prisoners as vermin that they needed to immediately dispose of. Within the concentration camps, they put the strong willed to use before the prisoners met their predetermined fate. Elie, along with the rest of the prisoners, acquired numbers tattooed on their forearms upon arrival to compliment