The Holocaust was the murder and persecution of approximately 6 million Jews and many others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The Nazis came to power in Germany in January of 1933. The Nazis thought that the “inferior” Jews were a threat to the “racially superior” German racial community. The death camps were operated from 1941 to 1945, and many people lost their lives or were forced to work in concentration camps during these years. The story leading up to the Holocaust, how the terrible event affected people’s lives, and how it came to and end are all topics that make this historic event worth learning about.
The Holocaust Experience
The world that people lived in during the Holocaust is described by the personal experiences of the oppressed throughout the story Jack and Rochelle, written by Jack and Rochelle Sutin, and the memoir by Alexander Donat titled The Holocaust Kingdom. The horrifying mindset of the oppressors, particularly the Nazi`s, is illustrated in both books. The vicious and relentless emotional, physical, and psychological abuse the Nazi`s targeted at their victims is depicted in detail. The unspeakable cruelty received by the Jews dramatically altered their state of mind and how they lived their lives. The emotions of despair, distress, depression, hopelessness, helplessness felt by the Jews eventually turn to hate, anger, hopefulness, faith, and ultimately revenge against all oppressors.
Genocide is one of the most frightening terms one could hear, sending shivers down your spine just to hear the word. Genocide is the intent of extermination of a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. One of the best known Genocide’s to the world is known as the Holocaust. Germans exterminated over 6 million Jews in just a couple of years. Families were torn apart, and some of the worst things you could ever do to a human being were done in these times. After the Holocaust everyone said Never Again, but it has happened over and over. If we follow the steps to preventing genocides, we can stop history from repeating itself and keep the people of the world safe.
It was in December 1948, when it was approved unanimous the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide at France which became the 260th resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations. What made the leaders of the 41 States create and sign this document in which the term Genocide was legally defined? This document serves as a permanent reminder of the actions made by the Nazis and their leader Adolf Hitler during the Holocaust where more than five million of European Jews were killed. In summary I will explain what were the events that leaded the ordinary Germans kill more than six million Jews in less than five years. To achieve this goal, I will base my arguments on the Double Spiral Degeneration Model provided by Doctor Olson during the spring semester of the Comparative Genocide class.
The Holocaust, what is the true depth of the word? As sad as
it may seem, it affected the lives of millions because of
the hate inside of one certain group of people, the Nazi’s.
Dehumanization is to deprive human qualities such as
individuality or compassion. Victims of the Holocaust went
through dehumanization simply to make the killing of others
psychologically easy for the Nazi’s.
In 1939 the Nazi government started World War II by attacking Poland. It soon conquered most of Europe. Great Britain, Russia, and the United States fought against the Nazis and eventually defeated them. Millions of people died in the war the Nazis had started. The Nazis murdered about 12 million civilians, including almost all the Jews who lived under German rule (Trueman). Nazi Germany played almost every role in the Holocaust, as they had created it. Their main goal or role was to gain power and eliminate the Jews (Huebsch).
If the “killers” of the Holocaust were not put in the situations they were in, many of them would not have committed the crimes they did; whether they were killing the Jews or just delivering the Jews to camps, they were part of the extermination of innocent people. Most of them were killing in fear, they didn’t want to be persecuted and murdered so they made it look like they were for the Nazi party. Anne Frank once said, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” I believe that this quote, which is saying that some people do bad things but that does not mean they are bad people, many are doing things out of fright, hoping it will save their lives, is very true. All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein which is about a Jewish family, mainly on the little girl in the family who goes through the unimaginable during the Holocaust, popped into mind when I heard the quote. Also two short stories called “Tiengen” by Maurice Meier and “Rescuers” by Irene Opdyke came to mind when I read this quote.
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The Holocaust was one of the most terrible events in human history. It occurred during World War II when Hitler was leader of Germany. The Nazis murdered about six million Jewish people. This included as many as 1 million Jewish children.
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.
The Holocaust was a definitive event of the 20th century. During the Holocaust more than 6 million people of mixed background were exterminated for a variety of reasons revolving around the application of racial hygiene. The placement of the Holocaust in the time line of World War II combined with the logistical and bureaucratic considerations involved meant that the Holocaust was conducted like any other battle or war, albeit one conducted against a civilian population. The Holocaust employed the same manpower, technological resources and military hierarchy as any other battle front of World War II except where the goal of other battles was the acquisition of land or resources, the goal of the Holocaust was the extermination of populations and racial annihilation. The Holocaust was Hitler's second war, or a war within a war, where the objectives and tactics were different but the expected outcome was the same: to win. Hitler believed the “Aryan” race was besieged, and no doubt had little trouble reconciling the destruction of millions as a defensive actions in light of that belief.