Elayna Kapelka, Sara Welter, Claire Thompson
What is the Holocaust?
The Holocaust was a genocide which approximately six million Jews suffered and were murdered by the leadership of Adolph Hitler.
Approximately six million Jews were killed because of the Holocaust.
The United States Response
In the late 1930's more than half of all immigrants to the United States were Jewish, most of them came from Europe. In 1941, almost half of all the immigrants of the United States were Jews. Through many obstacles that were faced more than 200,000 Jews found refuge in the United States from 1933 to 1945, most of them before the end of 1941.
Adolf Hitler was always very straightforward about what he had planed for the Jews. He dreamed of a racially "pure" empire. He refused to tolerate any Jews or their beliefs. Hitler made threats to use the Jews as his hostages to prevent the Western powers from intervening on the continent. Starting the Genocide of the Holocaust.
Are There Any Survivors?
The Causes And Consequences
The Holocaust is one of the greatest crime in history, and today it's hard to look
at it and understand just what could lead so many German people to participate in such blind hatred of their fellow man. During the Holocaust, a huge percentage of the German population 8.5 million were members of the Nazi party.
The aftermath of the holocaust, many Jewish survivors feared to return to their former homes because of the antisemitism. With not that many opportunities to emigrate, ten of thousands of homeless Holocaust survivors migrated westward to different European areas. There they were housed in hundreds of refugee centers and displaced persons camps such as Bergen-Belsen in Germany.
Long term effects on the Holocaust, it destroyed the people life’s that life through it traumatizing them “Like an atom bomb that disperses its radioactive fallout in distant places, often a long time after the actual explosion, the Holocaust continues to contaminate everyone who was exposed to it in one way or another.” The Holocaust not only affected all the survivors, but everyone.
Overview Of The Holocaust
The First World War started in 1914. Adolf Hitler, who was only twenty-five at the time volunteered for the German Army. He sees many of his fellow soldiers and friends die. In 1920, the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei ia or the National Socialist German Workers Party if founded. Hitler becomes the leader after discovering his natural ability to make thrilling speeches. He told his followers that his aim is “the removal of Jews from the midst of our people.” In 1923, Hitler led an coup which was unsuccessful and landed himself in prison for thirteen months. While he was imprisoned he wrote Mein Kampf or My Struggle which later on becomes a best seller. It contained his beliefs and his opinion. Hitler’s opinion was that the German race must be kept pure, with no intermarriage, and that Germany mist be made great again, taking new territory to the east as its rightful space for living. The last thing he wrote is that the greatest enemy of the German race was the Jews. Hitler founded Hitler Youth, which was a camp, rallies and marches where racial purity was stressed and Jews were not allowed. In 1930, the Nazi started their attacks and killed eight Jews in Berlin. The Jews began being assaulted and harassed in public places. Anti-Jew posters and slogans started to appear. They Nazi party won 107 seats in the German parliament and by 1933 would have become the largest single party. On January 30th, 1933 there was a fire in the parliament a week before elections and Hitler blamed it on the Communists so he was given the powers of the dictator for four years. The secret police forced was formed and they wre given the power to arrest, interrogate and imprison. The Jews began being abused even more. Books they wrote were burned, anti-Jew laws were passed, they were also barred from sports organizations and from being journalist. The Nazi newspaper said “ Jews can never be anything but stateless aliens, they can never have any legal or constitutional status. And that is when the concentration camps were set up for imprisoned Nazi opponents. Eventually over the years the Nazi’s banned the Jews from doing almost everything. In 1936, the first concentration camp was opened. Hitler made the Jews wear stars on their chest so everyone knew they were Jews. If they disobeyed him they got sent to the camps where they were killed or starved to death.