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Many may believe that racism is not a main major factor in why the Eastern Front and Pacific Theater were so terrible. It is the main factor, because if it were not for the hatred towards a specific race than World War II would not have been fought. Many know World War II to begin, because of the assassination of the prime Minister in Austria. Deep down into War World II, the war extended so long, due to racism. “The Germans in Russia and the Americans (including their allies) and the Japanese in the Pacific saw their enemies in racial terms that enable and endorse killing an opponent who had been stripped of any claim to humanity or nobility.
Since the beginning of mankind, there have always been genocides. Two of the biggest ones are the Holocaust and the Cambodian Genocide. The Holocaust was led by the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during World War II. Hitler encouraged discrimination against Jews and other minor groups) that weren’t his “Master Race”. Those who weren’t in his “Master Race” were sent to concentration camps where they were either killed, or worked to their death.
Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, once said, “If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.” Exemplary of the modern perspective civilians take on the historical moments of World War II, Anne Frank’s quotation signifies the essence of the Holocaust’s legacy. The Holocaust, the systematic mass slaughter of Jews and other groups judged inferior by the Nazis, marked a significant point in the history of World War II because it influenced the modern-day outlook. Driven by the German hope to conquer the world and to establish a universal empire under their leader, Adolf Hitler, new racial judgments began to emerge. The Aryans, or Germanic people, were considered by many to be a “master race”. Such feelings of dominance stimulated the Nazi’s abuse of power and merciless treatment of innocent men and women.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n.d. Web. 20 May 2014. “Treblinka Death Camp Revolt”. Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team.
The Holocaust is defined as destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war. Following 1945, the word has taken on a new meaning referring to the mass slaughtering of millions of European Jews as well as other persecuted groups (gypsies and homosexuals), by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War. In Europe the Jews experienced anti-Semitism (hostility or prejudice against Jews) which dated back to the ancient world, to the time when the Jewish temples were destroyed and they were forced to leave Palestine by Roman authorities. This wide-spread hatred of the Jews augmented the virulent mindset behind the Holocaust. On the night of January 30, 1933, an event occurred that spearheaded the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler was appointed as Chancellor of Germany.
This event serves as a warning to all that racial profiling and stereotyping, even during wartime, should not be implemented. Once 9/11 happened, the government could have secluded all Muslims and Arabs in internment camps and would have maliciously repeated history. It is inspiring to think that we have learned from mistakes and may not repeat them. To answer whether we learned from detaining Japanese Americans, then the answer would be yes; however, Samuel Eliot Morison sums the wars up as “tactically brilliant, and strategically imbecilic”. After Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were not r... ... middle of paper ... ...worse?
JapaneseAmericans In the early 1940’s, there was evidence of Japanese-American loyalty and innocence, but the information was not always well known. This, coupled with the factors of war hysteria led to the legal upholding of concentration camps in Korematsu v. U.S. (1944). The injustice was clouded, most immediately by the war, and indirectly by racism at home. The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor left a permanent indent on the way Americans viewed the Japanese. Indeed, it was this one act which thrust the isolationist U.S. into the middle of the world’s biggest war.