Genocide

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Millions of Jews were killed between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945 and no one cared or even knew about it outside of the country it was happening in. The whole world was fighting in WWII and the slaughtering that was the Holocaust was going virtually unnoticed. The fact that most of the German race joined the Nazi group or helped the Nazi group is what made me pick this topic. Only a small group of people rebelled or realized what was happening was bad. Some of the young Jews survived the camps the Germans built to either make the Jews work hard with little food and necessities or be killed. They told us their story and people around the world felt the impact of the Holocaust, which is a vehement one. Germany took the brunt of the reparations that had to be made for WWI. As a result Germany fell into a deep depression. The German dictator Adolf Hitler blamed the Jewish population for the depression Germany was in at the time and he wanted them out of the country. His plan soon after evolved into killing Jews because there were so many. The Jewish population was not the only group targeted. Homosexuals, disabled, gypsies, communists, and many others were also targeted by the Nazis. The targeted groups could try to flee but most of Europe was occupied by the Nazis which made it very difficult for them to get to a neutral or Ally occupied territory. Jews were packed into concentration camps to be mass murdered or worked to the bone. The Nazis also used other crude methods of mass murder such as driving the Jews around in cargo trucks when the exhaust was fed into the back to kill the Jews. Other times Jews would have to dig their own graves then line up in front of them to be shot. The definition of genocide according to Dictionar... ... middle of paper ... ... the future I think they will be less severe. People of today were strongly influenced by the Holocaust which makes them want to step in and make a difference when genocide happens, and even better prevent it from happening in the first place. Works Cited Gutman, Israel. Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. New York: Macmillan Pub., 1990. Print. "Introduction to the Holocaust." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 10 June 2013. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. "Quotes About Holocaust." (139 Quotes). N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. "The Holocaust." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. The Holocaust Wing | Jewish Virtual Library." The Holocaust Wing | Jewish Virtual Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.

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