Although the Holocaust was the worst manmade disaster in recent history, it taught the world the value of human life. The main goal of the Nazi Holocaust was to kill all of the Jews in Europe. Hitler wanted what he called a perfect race. Anyone who wasn?t in his race or what he thought was a perfect race was tormented and killed. Jews were forced to wear yellow stars so everyone would know who they were.
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.
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Hitler was Germany’s worst leader because he placed millions of people in inhumane situations. As Hitler began to overtake Europe he started to segregate the citizens of his country. Hitler believed that the aryan race was the purest, and wanted to eliminated every other race, particularly Jews. He began by placing Jews in ghettos. Ghettos were described as, “a life of squalor, hunger, disease, and despair” (Bard 60).
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