The Horrors Of The Holocaust

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The Holocaust was one of the worst events to ever happen to mankind. It was started by the Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler. He thought that the Aryan race was superior to every other race. He had a massive hatred for the Jewish race and decided to try and exterminate every living Jewish person. 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 step in the Holocaust was moving the Jews to ghettos. Ghettos were temporary holding places for Jews. The Nazis wanted the concentration camps to exterminate the majority of the Jews, but the ghettos gave more opportunities for natural death (Byers 73). Many Jews were also forced to do labor in the ghettos, which sometimes caused natural death (Byers 73). Most Jews were moved to ghettos in the mid to late 1930’s. Lots of Jews were moved to ghettos in a “single stroke” on February 8, 1940. Once all of the Jews were moved to the concentration camps, the gates were closed to the ghettos in
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