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The Horror of the Holocaust

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The Holocaust, meaning destruction or slaughter on a large scale led by Adolf Hitler, was the mass killing of Jews, communists, political prisoners, gypsies, homosexuals, and anyone else that Hitler thought worthy of slaughtering. The target for this mass killing was all of the Jews of the world. The result of this action taken by Hitler and the other Nazis was over six million victimized before Hitler was defeated in 1945 at the age of 56 years old. The majority of the killings took place in large concentration camps located in different areas primarily around Poland.
The concentration camps were designed specifically to murder all Jews and other so called undesirables in quantity. They were made for the sole purpose of slaying all the Jews in the world. The camps were intended to replace the mobile killing units of the Nazis. The purpose of the camps was to provide a faster, easier, and less personal way to exterminate millions of Jews. The Nazis were not concerned with the personal suffering of the victims, but rather wanted to spare the shooters from the unpleasantness of the massacre.
The transition from the Jew being an ordinary citizen to being killed by the hundreds happened within a few years of Hitler taking leadership of Germany. First, they made laws that Jews could not go to school or hold a position within the government; slowly it extended to Jews being forced into small, underprivileged and overpopulated areas within larger cities. These areas were called ghettos. From that point the Nazis would gather large sizes of the ghettos and pile its citizens on a train to take them to the concentration camps. There were several methods of getting the victims on the train. The purpose of the evacuations was kept secre...

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...er, or starvation. Those who were unable to walk were killed at the camps and their bodies burned. Some of the Allied troops, who liberated the camps, shot the guards on sight. Some guards were made to bury the dead. Other officers were arrested and put on trial for war crimes.
In conclusion, the holocaust was the genocide of the Jews. The Nazis horribly neglected, abused, mistreated, and degraded Jews, homosexuals, and many more in concentration camp. The camps, which were designed to make life easier, more efficient, and more pleasant for the Nazis, assisted in the killing of many people in large quantities by forcing them to contribute in dreadful medical experiments, and just killing them of any other way possible. No one knows how many died in the concentration camps, but it is estimated that more than 6 million Jews were murdered at the hands of the Nazis.
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