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.
Why was killing so many innocent Jews necessary to Hitler? Hitler had many motives to why he did so. To Hitler Jews were maggots, a virus that had to be eliminated. He saw himself as the German Messiah doing God’s work by destroying the Jew. Hitler and the Nazis considered the Jew to be like the devil, wishing to dominate the world.
He believed that only this mightier race of people would be strong enough to withstand and overcome the problems of the future (Hitler 1: 4-l 0). Hitler wanted to rid the country of religion. He felt with all its indistinct characteristics and multiple forms, it was not only insignificant for human life, but it would lead to the disintegration of mankind. He believed that he needed to eliminate the Jewish and "harmful" concepts, opinions, and aims to be able to create this folkish state. Many Germans already had strong feelings of resentment and animosity towards the Jews.
According to Annette T. Rottenberg’s The Structure of Argument, “if [a] writer makes a statement that assumes that the very question being argued has already been proved, [that] writer is guilty of begging the question” (291). Hitler proudly states, “All the human culture, all the results of art, science, and technology that we see before us today, are almost exclusively the creative product of the Aryan” (300). This statement, which he presents as if it is fact, is most certainly not true. He uses this fallacy to promote his agenda. He wants to take out the competition, most specifically the Jews, so that the Aryan race can dominate Germany and eventually the world.
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.
Adolf Hitler was responsible for one of the biggest atrocities in human history; this widespread death and violence would not have been possible without his talent for spreading propaganda and earning the trust of the German people. Germany had failed in World War I and the upstart Nazi party blamed their defeat on the Jews, in which they falsely viewed them as power-hungry and destructive. Adolph Hitler, dominant leader of the Nazis, utilized propaganda, such as speeches, newspapers, radios, posters, and the cinema, in order to gain support for the extermination of the Jewish community in Germany. Hitler gained support for Jewish expulsion through propaganda that promoted himself to the public, as he vilified non-Aryans, spread deceptive lies in the mass-media, and linked hatred of Jews to German patriotism. Hitler often created a vilified image of the non-Aryan race by blaming them for Germany’s struggles and insisting on their inferior presence.
The most horrifying account of Jewish persecution is the Holocaust, which took place from 1933 to 1945. During the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler sought to eliminate all the people that he felt was inferior to the Germans, namely the Jews, and believed in doing so he would create a pure Aryan Nation which other countries could not match. On January 30, 1933 Adolf Hitler who was part of the National Socialist Party also known as the Nazi Party, was appointed Chancellor of Germany. He quickly transformed the Weimar Republic into the Third Reich, a single party dictatorship based purely upon totalitarian and autocratic ideology of Nazism (Wistrich, Robert, 2003). Hitler yearned for a pure Aryan State, a country that in his ideology would be a superior race to the r... ... middle of paper ... ...ppen and the Invention of the Holocaust.