In retaliation to Jews for killing a German policeman in self defense on July 31, 1940 the nazis carried out a public mass execution(“Holocaust”). This day was later named “Bloody Wednesday”. They were tortured by anxiety, were insecure of the present, torn between hope and despair, and felt helpless. There were many people who were persecuted during the Holocaust that weren’t Jewish: spouses of Jews, Roma Gypsies, resisters, priests and pastor, Jehovah Witnesses, political enemies, homosexuals, the disabled, and African-German descent. Spouses of Jews had to choose between getting a divorce or being sent to concentration camps along with their Jewish Spouse.
November 9-10, 1938 was known as Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass. Anti- Semitic Germans carried out this vicious attack targeting innocent people of Jewish faith. During this event, over 1000 synagogues were scorched and over 7500 Jewish run businesses were looted. The Jews were victims of the horrendous practice of scapegoating.
The holocaust took place during WWII. At this time the chancellor of Germany know as Adolf Hitler had ordered a crusade against the jewish race. In this time period over 6 million jewish people including men women and children. Families were stripped from their homes with nearly all of their possessions removed from them. After first entering the gates they weren't even allowed the cloths off their backs.
Since Hitler wanted everyone to be like the “pure” or Aryan race he created the Nuremberg laws which are the strict laws that eventually led to the Holocaust. By Hitler creating these laws it deprived the Jews as being German citizens. In the World War II Timeline it states “the Nuremberg laws are passed in Germany, stripping Jews of their rights as German citizens.” They were no longer permitted to work in certain professions and were forbidden to marry anyone of the “pure” or Aryan race . In “The Holocaust” “Nazi ideology” it states “...banned Jews from many professions, and prevented Jews from marrying those they considered Aryan or “pure” Germans.”
David would be correct if he said that some Germans became systematically cruel, but the fundamental attribution error is introduced when David says that all Germans became systematically cruel.
In 1935, the Jews were stripped of their citizenship. This was followed by the Nazis destroying Jewish businesses, hospitals, and synagogues in 1938. This led to violence in which 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and 100 Jewish men were murdered. Not only that, but 6 million European Jews’ deaths was caused by the Nazi party. Overall, the Nazis did many cruel things to Jews that were completely unnecessary.
Similar to the middle class, Hitler also blamed the Jews for many of the problems that occurred at the time. As a result, the German’s supported the idea of the Final Solution. The Final Solution was the Nazi’s attempt to create the perfect Aryan race by annihilating the Jews. Through Hitler’s attempts to create a unified, perfect Aryan race by exterminating the common enemy, Jews, he was supported by the German’s. In document three, we see how appealing Hitler was in his speeches.
Dehumanization is the process of depriving a person or a group of positive human qualities. This process was widely used across concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Hitler used this tactic to gain power over the people he imprisoned. Dehumanization is a disturbing process that nobody should have to endure and its terrible that so many innocent people had to experience it. Dehumanization makes people lose the will to live and made it easier for the Nazi’s to exterminate the Jews.
Millions of people through history have been treated unfairly. During WWII, the Holocaust was one of the greatest atrocities of all time. People were also wrongly accused and punished during the witch trials in Salem that occurred during the 1600s. these two events have differences but they also have similarities as well.
The Nazis should not be solely responsible for the Holocaust because the Germans are also involved in playing a role with the massacres of Jews. The Germans bear the sole responsibility for the Holocaust because of their motivation to contribute in a significant role, their feeling of supremacy over minority groups, and their lack of resistance against the Nazi government. First of all, the Germans exhibited a deliberate will to contribute to the massacres of Jews in the Holocaust. Starting from October 1940, German soldiers were forcing 3 million Jews into concentrated ghettos in Poland, resulting in Jews being easily forced into extermination camps from the SS (Taylor, para. 3). The intentions that the soldiers had to force an overwhelming
“We had forgotten everything- death, fatigue, our natural needs. Stronger than cold or hunger, stronger than the shots and the desire to die… We were the only men on Earth.” These powerful words of Elie Wiesel were used to describe the suffering of a Jewish person during the Holocaust and similar accounts to this abound throughout its story. Arguably the most widely known genocide in history, the Holocaust was the mass murder of over 6 million European Jews (and also gypsies, and other people deemed “undesirable”) in concentration camps by the German Nazis from 1941-1945. It is a narrative of a human injustice at the hands of a government, but it is also one of resilience and the refusal to be silenced.
1.1 million children were murdered during the Holocaust. The prisoners of the camps, were forced to hard physical labor, Nazi doctors conducted medical experiments on these people against their will, concentration camps were meant to work and starve prisoners to death. Extermination camps were built to kill large groups of people quickly and efficiently. The prisoners of the extermination
The Holocaust was one of the worst war crimes ever committed. 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust. “11 million people were killed in the Holocaust: 6 million were Jews, and about 1.1 million were kids” (Taylor 10). One way that people would be killed is that they would be forced into these large rooms and then the room would fill with gas and they would all die from it. Another way that they would kill people is that they would have mass shootings, where they bring people to the middle of nowhere and just shoot them.
Eleven million. Eleven million innEleven million. Eleven million innocent lives, mercilessly taken away in the blink of an eye. When most people think about the Holocaust, their thoughts are automatically directed to the six million Jews who were murdered. While it is true that Jewish people were the primary victims, several multiple other groups faced persecution based on their race, sexuality, beliefs, and handicaps – five million non-Jewish people were killed (Ridley, 2015).
The Holocaust is defined as “the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II” (Dictionary). Historians agree that approximately six million Jews were annihilated under the Third Reich. The atrocity of the Holocaust left scarring damages to the survivors and many perished anonymously. How can it be that two-thirds of an entire ethnicity be wiped off the face of the earth? In Voices of the Holocaust, it is shown that the Nazi party and German people’s anti-semitism and persecution allowed the horrors of the Holocaust to occur.