The Holocaust

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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. Through the institution of the Nuremberg Laws, congested ghettos, and pitiless acts of cruelty inculcated by Adolf Hitler as part of his “Final Solution”, Nazi soldiers sought to exterminate the entire Jewish race, in addition to other “subhuman” categorized minorities. Prior to the beginning of the Holocaust, prejudice tensions were booming across the European continent. Germans, especially, turned their tide of emotions against one another after loosing World War I. Hitler’s authoritative perspective pursued the Germans hatred in the direction of a specific sectional group – civilians of the Jewish religion. Rising from their sharp distaste of Jewish lineage, Germans instilled a government policy that permitted such segregation and the inferior treatment of a particular group of humanity. The Nuremberg Race Laws, passe... ... middle of paper ... ...e population of races in European history. Jews relocated themselves to places outside of Europe and migrated to foreign countries because of fear. Furthermore, the Holocaust left behind an everlasting scar on the Jewish race. The heartless killing of millions of innocent lives ultimately led to a new philosophical approach on humanity’s goodness. Through the use of various strategies, including the Nuremberg Laws, strictly monitored ghettos, and Hitler’s “Final Solution”, the Germanic Nazis sought to purify their nation. Works Cited "A Quote By Anne Frank." Goodreads. 2014 Goodreads Inc, n.d. Web. 05 May 2014. "Ghettos." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 10 June 2013. Web. 05 May 2014. "The Nuremberg Race Laws." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, n.d. Web. 04 May 2014.
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