Holocaust

By Cross Hines

Overview

The Holocaust stemmed from antisemitic views that Jewish people should be eradicated. The Holocaust was the inhumane slaughter of 6 million European Jews; (as well as members of some other persecuted groups, such as Gypsies and homosexuals) by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War. (http://www.history.com ). The Nazi's didn't begin with genocide, they slowly made laws which took considerably more rights away from Jewish people one at a time. At first the Jewish people had to wear the Star of David. Then their businesses had to be established as Jewish, eventually coming to the point where they couldn't own a business at all. They were forced to live in segregated ghetto's. From there, they were finally moved to concentration camps where they were wrongfully murdered.
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The first concentration camps in Germany were established soon after Hitler's appointment as chancellor, in January 1933. (http://www.ushmm.org) The camps were devoid of human necessities and brutal accommodations, where they were made slave's. If the Jewish people protested they were beaten. Some Nazi officers would give beating's regularly and it progressed over time. They were not fed sufficiently and were also starved. Schutzstaffel; Protection Squadrons—the elite guard of the Nazi party(http://www.ushmm.org). They were the officers in camps.

Concentration Camps

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was the leader of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He initiated World War II and oversaw fascist policies that resulted in millions of deaths. (http://www.biography.com) People listened to him because he was very influential and charismatic. Hitler was popular for his anti-semitic views. He made people believe his rhetoric about the Jewish community. That they had all of the riches and were the problem. An inferior race to that of the Aryan race.
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While originally meant simply as a neutral ethno-linguistic classification, it was later used for ideologically motivated racism in Nazi and neo-Nazi doctrine. (http://www.princeton.edu)The picture above shows what the ideal male of Nazi Germany should be. Blonde hair , blue eyes , tall and athletic. But the reason that Germany was struggling was they had just fought in world war one. Soldiers didn't always want to kill Jewish people but were told to by superiors. This is similar to the Mill-grim experiment. The Mill-gram experiment was bringing people in who had signed up for scientific study. The experiment would take two people, one was the shocker and one was the receiver. The shocker would ask the receiver questions, a wrong answer would get the receiver shocked. The more questions answered incorrectly, the higher the voltage. After multiple shocks the patient would go silent. No answer was also considered wrong. However, the receiver actually wasn't being shocked, rather an actor pretending to be electrocuted. Many people didn't want to go on, but they had an authority figure convince them to keep going. This is very similar to the Nazi soldier paradigm. Soldiers didn't often want to harm or even kill the Jewish people but they were compelled to do so by command.
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