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From the year 1933, when Adolf Hitler came into power as a militaristic dictator, to 1945, the year he ended his reign of terror by committing suicide, Germany has never been the same since. One of the largest and most callous genocide took place between the elapsed time; and about eleven million people were murdered just within that time frame. Pagans and those who were not of Aryan descent were segregated and eliminated in Hitler's plan known as the final solution. The holocaust occurred due to the denial of Germans to accept the main reason to their failed economy. Therefore, they needed someone to blame for their troubled economy.
This fascist leader founded his own Nazi party and was determined to establish a nation with pure German or an Aryan race. In order to achieve his goal, Hitler commanded isolation and eventually extermination of the impure groups in Germany. Anyone with impure blood is Germans' enemy. Under Hitler's regime, Germans considered the following groups as their enemies: Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and mentally handicapped people (Thirty-six questions). Germans targeted Jews the most among all these groups.
The Wannsee Conference Have you ever had a business meeting, a conference? Could you imagine a meeting to draw an outline to exterminate a population, 11 million Jews? The Wannsee Conference was a “meeting” to discuss how they would kill all the Jews. The Wannsee Conference put the Final Solution in motion; the World had lost their opportunity to save 6 million Jews and others. The Beginning Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, after World War 1 when tensions were high because the Treaty of Versailles blamed Germany for the destruction the war caused and they were faced with the payment for all the damages, which sent Germany into economic downfall.
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.
Hitler was lucky during the war, by only receiving a shell fragment wound to the to his leg. Hitler blamed the Jews for much of the apathy and anti-war sentiments and saw them as conspiring to spread unrest and threaten the German war effort. These ideas that Hitler had against the Jews, lead to the growing hatred toward them. Many people say that this was the beginning of what was to come, in the coming years. After WWI, Hitler’s hatred on Jews grew, saying that Germany had been subverted by a Jewish/Communist conspiracy and that therefore World War I had never been lost (The History Place).