On January 30th, 1933, Adolf Hitler became a dictator of Germany, which marked the start of the twelve year massacre, the Holocaust. The Holocaust lasted until May 8th, 1945, when Europe won World War II. During the event of the Holocaust, six million Jewish followers were murdered; nearly two-thirds of the European Jewish population and one-third of all the Jewish population in the world. The Nazi Party not only targeted the Jews, but communists, Marxists, and anyone who stood up to, or posed a threat to the Nazi’s plan. Despite World War II raging through Europe, the victims eliminated were not casualties of war, but subjects of Germany’s attempt to obliterate the European Jewish population; a plan Hitler titled, the “Final Solution.” The Holocaust, though terrifying and unfair, impacted the world an enormous amount and effected history greatly.
Following Germany’s defeat in World War I, the republic suffered from economic instability, high unemployment, and political differences began to undermine the government. With ambitious intentions, the Nazi Party took advantage of the political turmoil to gain electoral leverage. The Nazis provoked conflict with the communists, organized heinous propaganda campaigns against the weak Weimar government and the Jews, blaming them for Germany’s troubles. A tool used for the spread of the Nazis’ propaganda was Der Strümer (The Attacker), the weekly Nazi newspaper. A quote at the bottom of each issue proclaimed, “The Jews are our misfortune!” Another feature of Der Strümer was the cartoons of Jews where they were caricatured at hook-nosed and apelike.
In addition to political influence, the Nazis built a vigorous police and military force made of many organizations. Such as, the...
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