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Holocaust as the Worst Manmade Disaster

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Holocaust as the Worst Manmade Disaster

The Holocaust was a terrible historical event. It took the lives of many

innocent people. As Nazi Germany gained control of one country after another in

World War II, many civilians were killed. These crimes weren't as bad as the

massive and deliberate and well-planned killing of more than fifteen million people.

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?s persecution of

the Jews began as soon as the Nazis came to power in 1933(Fischel 30) . Hitler led

the Germans to believe that the Jews were behind a conspiracy, so the Germans

boycotted Jewish businesses. Jews were driven from their jobs in government and

in universities. They became ?nonpersons? in their very own country, with no claim

to rights of any kind. Many nations fled to other European nations or to the United

States. The Jews were fearing for their lives, unfortunately not everyone could go,

some would have to stay and endure something they couldn?t

imagine.(www.feduja.org)

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in Brawnaw, which is at the border

between Austria and Bavaria. Hitler had a strained relationship with his father. He

joined the National Socialist Workers Party in 1919 and became the chairman in

July 1921(Fischel 136). As World War II turned against Germany, Hitler retreated

to an underground bunk in Berlin in January 1945. When Hitler made his last will

and testament, he blamed the Jews for Germany?s defeat and encouraged the nation

to keep the blood pure. He then married his mistress Eva Braun, and committed

suicide with her on April 30, 1945(Fischel 138). Hitler had Germany practically in

a trance. The Jews were so scared. No one really knew why Hitler had the Jews like

he did or what his reason he had behind the whole ordeal.

The Nazis deceived their victims in cruel ways. Even though they treated the

Jews like animals, they also confused them into thinking everything was going to be

ok. They gave false hope to t...

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...hat Hitler did so people will never forget the pain the Jews

went through. Jews were singled out for no reason and they were Gods chosen

people. Hitler will have to pay for what he did to the Jews. I think the most

important lesson of all is the lesson of endurance. So many Jews endured so much.

There was almost nothing they couldn?t take on. They knew they had Jesus on their

side and they knew he would always be there for them. It is a awful thing that it

happened but so many people have learned and will continue learning from it.

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