Under the Nazi regime, Anti-Semitism became an official state policy. However, anti-Jewish sentiments are deeply rooted in European history. Though it is the most massive scale of persecution against Jews, the holocaust represents only one instance of Anti-Semitic action in European history. Death camps, medical experimentation, and forced labour are only a few examples of the atrocities committed during the holocaust. The motivation for the holocaust was purely ideological, Hitler and the Nazi party viewed Jews as an inferior race who co...
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... with the wiping out of the Native population of America during colonization than the Holocaust. While both can be classified as genocides, they show us different forms that genocide can take. They can be caused by different factors, fueled by different ideas, and executed in different manners. Both of these cases have left devastating legacies, but they have also helped develop our current understanding of discrimination and human rights. The lessons learned from the Holocaust led to the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN, legislation that aims to ensure basic human rights for all people and prevent future discriminatory actions such as genocide. History shows both the achievements of mankind and its failures, if genocides represent a failure of man then the lessons learned from them serve as an achievement of understanding our history.
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