As tensions escalated in Europe until the point of the Second World War, another war raged beneath the surface, unbeknownst to foreign onlookers. Not only did Hitler and Nazi Germany start an unprovoked war that took the lives of over 50 million soldiers, they also exterminated millions of innocent people for no other reason than their religion. The Holocaust began in 1933, reached its peak during the Second World War, and came to an end with the war in 1945. Hitler used the Holocaust as a mechanism to purge his German state of any lesser people (especially those of Jewish heritage) that might be of some threat to his superior Aryan race. As a result of the Holocaust, millions of men, women, and children of various national, ethnic, and social backgrounds died or had their lives impacted forever.
The systematic state-sponsored murder of six million Jews by Nazis and their collaborators took place during World War II, which was spanned a shorter timeframe. Two of the sources utilized throughout this essay, War and Genocide a Concise History of the Holocaust and Native American Genocide, attempt to answer some of the universal questions: how did the world allow it to happen, who was involved in the killings, what motivated their actions, and the reaction of the victims. For Native Americans, the world after 1492 was forever changed; this date marked the beginning of the long road of persecution and genocide. On October 12, 1942 Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas (Delema). It is believed by many Native Americans that upon Columbus’s first landing in the Americas, was the beginning of what is now known as the American Holocaust.
Over six million Jews were killed under Hitler’s power during the Holocaust. It was the end of World War 1 and Hitler’s anti-Semitism out of resentment for the Germans loss of World War 1 grew. He blamed the Jews for the problems their country was facing and wanted a way to change that. He wanted power, and as much as he could get. Hitler’s takeover of power was about twenty years after World War 1 in 1933.
(Davenport 10) However, when the war ended, it was a big question as to who to blame for these horrendous crimes. Several of Hitler’s head leaders, and Hitler himself, either committed suicide or went into hiding before they could be captured (Austin 2000). In Hitler’s last testament, he was quoted to have said, “I do not wish to fall into the hands of enemies who will need a spectacle arranged by Jews” (Davenport 18). However, Hitler left behind several of his top officers and commanders, who were rounded up and taken to Nuremberg for trial (Davenport 16). Along with the Nazi soldiers and generals, between 100,000 and 250,000 Germans directly played a part in the killings and persecution of Jewish citizens in Nazi Germany (Davenport 13).
Jews were blamed for causing this event that killed thousands of people throughout Europe during the middle ages. Around 1400, in Span, Jews were given three options: Convert to Christianity, leave the country or be executed. In the late 1800s the government in Russia and Poland helped organize or did not prevent violent attacks on Jewish neighborhoods, known as pogroms, in which mobs murdered Jews and raided their homes and stores. 2 At the same time, d... ... middle of paper ... ...nbsp; As the Holocaust began it was easy for the average non-Jewish German to look the other way because they were pretty much unaffected by the new laws and degrees. When the Nazis established concentration camps in the 1930s, the number of inmates ranged in the thousands.
As we know, the World War II was the great war that we will never forget. The war, which slay millions people, even innocent children whose know nothing about what was going on. The war that brought the greatest holocaust to this world. This worse holocaust started in Germany by a man named Adolf Hitler, who concluded that the Jews were the nationality which made the German people impoverished. Consequently, the war broadened all over the world which including Japan, America, Russia,and Australia.
Although the two genocides were almost 50 years apart, the mass killings during the Nazi and Hutu regimes have several shared characteristics. Academics Christopher Browning, and Daniel Goldhagen have very strong suggestions as to how the German soldiers became ruthless killers in their essays. Equivalently, historians who have studied the Rwandan genocide have reported that Hutus were also conditioned through a process to transform from victims of colonization to violent murderers. The contemporary genocide in Rwanda is similar to the Holocaust in the way that the dominant party’s government attempted to systematically destroy an enemy by manipulating their population into weapons for implementation of destruction. Christopher Browning and Daniel Goldhagen were born in the United States, and their works about German Reserve Police Battalion 101’s violence against the Jewish people were written in the 1990s.