Gendered Hatred in the Treatment of Women During the Holocaust

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The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, is most famous for the mass murder of Jewish people that took place under the Nazi regime, between January 30th, 1933, and May 8th, 1945. . ‘Holocaust’ is a word of Greek origin meaning sacrifice by fire. During the time of the Second World War, the Nazis had murdered approximately six million Jews. The Nazi regime had targeted all Jews – men, women, and children for persecution and ultimately death. The Holocaust occurred because the Nazis believed that many individuals, religions, and cultures were unworthy of existence. The Nazis considered themselves to belong to a superior race and were guilty of genocide through horrendous acts of human extermination. It is interesting to see the ways in which women were treated during this time, as they were often split from their husbands and sometimes even their children as well. One camp in particular, Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, was a Nazi concentration camp, which was exclusively for women. During this time, Jewish women in particular faced dangerous and dreadful tribulations, were considered useless and unintelligent, and were regarded with a special hatred as a result of their gender.

→ Thesis: (incorporate this into the last sentence…) Within this essay I will be identifying what it was specifically about the Nazi ideology that made them misogynistic during 20s and 30s. – essay focuses on women during the Holocaust and the ways in which they were treated.

- mention men in the first paragraph???

→ POINT ONE: Jewish women in particular faced dangerous and dreadful tribulations. This paragraph discusses the reasons as to why women had it worse than men under the Nazis.

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