Auschwitz: A Historical Overview of the Death Camp The Holocaust is one of the most horrifying crimes against humanity. "Hitler, in an attempt to establish the pure Aryan race, decided that all mentally ill, gypsies, non supporters of Nazism, and Jews were to be eliminated from the German population. He proceeded to reach his goal in a systematic scheme." (Bauer, 58) One of his main methods of exterminating these ‘undesirables' was through the use of concentration and death camps. In January of 1941, Adolf Hitler and his top officials decided to make their 'final solution' a reality.
The holocaust activated by Adolf Hitler, who be permeated with the vindictiveness of the Jews. After he created Anti-Semitism in Germany and killed most of the Jews in Germany. Afterwards he continued to spread Anti-Semitism all over Europe. He desired of power to rule the world, and had killed more than 20 million people during World War II. He had made the wrong decision ever, as he adjudged that all the Jews were trumpery, barren, and witless, hence he decided to extirpate the Jews all over the world.
In January of 1942, this policy was instituted and planned out at the Wannsee Conference. It resulted in the murder of two thirds of the European Jews, better known as The Holocaust. Both ... ... middle of paper ... ...en there were other camps that were just as bad, if not worse. If you look deeper into Treblinka’s history and acknowledge what went on there, you realize just how important it actually was. Its history proves that the camp demolished thousands of people and left the few survivors with terrifying memories.
The history of the camp began on April 27, 1940 when Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS and Gestapo, ordered the construction of the camp in northeast Silesia, a region captured by the Nazis in September 1939. The camp was built by three-hundred Jewish prisoners from the local town of Oswiecim and its surrounding area. In June of 1940 the camp opened for Polish political prisoners. By 1941 there were about 11,000 prisoners, most of whom were Polish. From May 1940 to the end of 1943, Rudolf Hess was head commander of Auschwitz.
Although the Holocaust was the worst manmade disaster in recent history, it taught the world the value of human life. The main goal of the Nazi Holocaust was to kill all of the Jews in Europe. Hitler wanted what he called a perfect race. Anyone who wasn?t in his race or what he thought was a perfect race was tormented and killed. Jews were forced to wear yellow stars so everyone would know who they were.
1.1 million Life’s were lost including men, children, and women. These 1.1 million people died in Auschwitz and most of them were Jews. Adolf Eichmann is in charge of the deportation of Hungarian Jews. Around the dates May 14 and July 9 about 440,000 Hungarian Jews w... ... middle of paper ... ...here stories to others. The Holocaust affected the Jews but not just the Jews; it affected the world and the families of the people that had to go through this terrible experience.
Hitler also used the Jews as an excuse for all the problems that Germany was facing. To get the jews to get deported, Hitler and his nazis made the jews think that they were moving to a better, happier place, when in reality, they were moving to concentration camps, or death camps. They were deported on packed trains. Many people died on the trains from hunger, disease, thirst, and suffocation. The jews could be on the trains for months at a time.
The New York Times (NYC), December 6, 1990. Bruno Bottelheim, “Helpless Victims,” in The Holocaust Problems and perspectives of Interpretation, ed. Donald L. Niewyk (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997. 54-59.
But what some people aren’t aware of is that Auschwitz was an extermination camp. Millions of people, not only Jews, died in the camp due to the mass killings inflicted by the Nazis. Life in Auschwitz was something that people would call a living hell. The only way out of the camp was death. The able-bodied prisoners were sentenced to labor, later they would die from starvation.
The camp area which was the second part of Dachau had 32 barracks, with one for those who opposed what the Nazi’s were doing, and another one that was for medical experiments. Administration... ... middle of paper ... ...her categories. “Starting that day, the Germans forced more than 7,000 prisoners, mostly Jews, on a death march from Dachau to Tegernsee far to the south” ("Dachau”). In the duration of the death march, anyone who was unable to continue the march for any reason was shot immediately by the German soldiers. This was not the only was that prisoners died though, many of them also died of hunger, cold, or exhaustion.