A Teachers Guide to the Holocaust

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One Jew at a Time
It's hard to imagine living in a world where millions upon millions are murdered because they are considered the “inferior” race. Where you are made out to be some sort of a disease that needed to be wiped out. Sadly this was the reality for the Jewish community in the era known as the Holocaust. According to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “The Holocaust was a systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators” (“Holocaust Encyclopedia”). Life for Jews would never be the same.
Jews were not the only ones being persecuted, according to A Teachers Guide to the Holocaust, Nazis labeled and isolated Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, homosexuals, political prisoners, and the mentally and physically disabled (“Perpetrators”). But for the Jews , Adolf Hitler the leader of the Nazi party, had special plans for the Jews. He called this plan “ Final Solution”. Hitler thought of the Jews as inferior and that they posed a threat to the “superior” Aryan race known as Germans. He argued that the Jews prevented Germany from having a “pure” race. Hitler would stop at no cost to annihilate the Jews, burning synagogues, Jewish stores etc, finally ending with genocide.
Hitler easily was able to put in his plan of extermination of Jews. Hitler created an atmosphere of terror that was maintained by force (“Perpetrators”). If he could force terror into the eyes of Jews and German civilians, he knew he could string them along to do anything. Hitler had aid to force terror,the SS (Schutzstaffelnor guard squadrons), the SA (Sturmabteilungor storm troops), the SD (Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS or security service of the SS), and the Gestapo (Geheime ...

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...ut an entire race. Hitler started with a plan used an army and was able to kill 11 million people including Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals,mentally disabled and more. Its even crazier to think of the impact if more people would have resisted from the beginning. We could have save millions just one Jew at a time.

Works Cited

Bailey,Theo. Understanding the German People’s Participation in the Third Reich. Florida Gulf Coast University.1999.Web.16 May.2014
“Perpetrators.” A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust. University of South
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“The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. 2013.Web .16 May.2014
“The Holocaust Encyclopedia”United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC .2013.Web. 16 May.2014

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