The Holocaust and Native American Removal: Acts of Rebellion, Social Issues, and Methods of Removal

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Westward Expansion and the Holocaust bring about many examples of cruelty and pain. The list of these is endless and so we must focus on only a few. The Nazis began deporting Jews under the orders of Adolf Hitler. This is much like the Native Americans. The orders were given to the Cherokee to flee their land to a new reservation by General Winfield Scott. These two genocides are alike in their methods of deportation, the rebellious actions of their oppressed and the prison-like waiting areas before deportation. They are different in the groups targeted, their leaders, and their views on inter-racial and cultural beliefs.
The Holocaust and Indian Removal are very similar in their rebellions. These actions were planned, often by groups among the oppressed. For example, a group of Native Americans called the Red Sticks rebelled and attacked Fort Mims in 1813. They were successful in the killing of approximately 400 people, but in the effort lost 20 million acres of land (“Society”). Similarly, in 1943 inhabitants of the European Ghettos rebelled. They fought with the knowledge that they were doomed for the camps and for honor (“Holocaust”). Another way the Holocaust and Indian Removal were similar is in their methods of deportation. “German railroad officials used both freight and passenger cars for the deportations” (“Deportation”).This is like the Americans’ methods. “Three Groups left in the summer, traveling from present day Chattanooga by rail…(“Trail”)” They are also alike in their prison-like living areas. According to historian Ellen Holmes Pearson, the Cherokees who refused to move were forced into stockades until they could be removed. Countless lives were lost in the prisons, and most who survived were forced to walk on...

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