Introduction to the Holocaust II The Holocaust was a mass genocide across the continent of Europe. The Holocaust by definition means “sacrifice by fire”. During the Holocaust, almost 11 million people were killed. 6 million of these victims were jewish. The Holocaust was also known as Hitler’s “Final Solution”, which was to exterminate Gypsies, Jews, Homosexuals, Jehovah 's Witnesses, and Political Prisoners.
On april 29, 1942 all Jews were required to wear the star of david on their clothing. Several hundred Jews were arrested and sent to Buchenwald and Mauthausen concentration camps. In Amsterdam the Jews were sent to Westerbork concentration camp. In the four years the Germans were in the Netherlands they deported 107,000 Jews to concentration camps. That is what the Germans did to the Jews in the
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 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.
The greatest number of Gentile rescuers of Jews during that time were the Poles, despite the fact that only in Poland were people immediately executed if caught trying to save Jews. The historical accounts denoted that Hitler had a specific plan for Poles, whom he hated almost as much as he hated Jews. Hitler stated that in order to obtain the living space Germans needed, they must to eradicate the Poles; all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language. Poland lost six million citizens, which was about one-fifth of its population. Three million of the dead were Polish Christians who helped the Jews escape, and the other three million were Polish
The children that were too young to do any work were sent to gas chambers right away. They were also the first victims to go to mass graves, at which they would be shot. Thousands of Jewish children were shot and killed at mass graves. Also many Jewish children died as the result of medical experiments that were performed on them. 5000 to 7000 children died as the result of the euthanasia program (“Children During
At the end of World War II, the Nazis had seized the lives of six million Jews, with over one and a half million of them being children and teenagers. The Nazis advocated killing children since children were often regarded as non-productive, as well as symbolizing the continuation of Jewish existence in German society; therefore, they were among the first victims who were sent to their deaths in order to ensure the total destruction of the Jewish people. In the book Sevek and the Holocaust: the Boy Who Refused to Die, the memoir of an adolescent Jew during the time of the holocaust, shows the real struggles children faced during the holocaust to survive, even though they were unwanted and considered dangerous to the Nazis. Sevek, along with
This is after WWI when Germany 's leader Adolf Hitler was mad they lost the war. He thought it was because of the Jewish people. The article states that Adolf Hitler said, “eliminate the jews, and you will eliminate all of germany 's problems”. (6) The text also stated that jews were being murdered in gas chambers. (9) Finally the text said that the war ended in 1945.
David Broudo was a Jew who helped destroy supply lines from the Germans that they established by blowing up bridges and trains and sabotaged them. He also smuggled munitions for resistance and hid guns in empty milk cartons (“David Broudo”). This smuggling was something many did during the Holocaust. The Holocaust started in the year of 1933 and lasted about 13 years. This dreadful event was the term for the slaughter of about six million Jews by the Nazi's controlled by Hitler.
During the Holocaust millions of people were killed by the Nazis because they were not the ideal race. The Nuremberg Trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany. The judges of the trials were from Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the United States, and France. These trials were held to bring justice to all the lives lost during World War two. After the Holocaust, the Nuremberg Trials were held to bring justice to Nazi officials, Industrialists, but failed to punish those who escaped.