Research Project

Gabi Bieber, Lauryn Shields, and Macy Horn

Part One- Discrimination Back Then

Adolf Hitler was chancellor of Germany, his Aryan, or in Hitler’s eyes superiority of the Germanic race, was tall, blue-eyed, and blond. The Nazis beliefs spread throughout Germany and Europe, 1933 German doctors were allowed to perform forced sterilizations to “inferiors” so they couldn’t reproduce. Hitler and other Nazi leaders viewed Jews as a poisonous race instead of a religion, Jews and Romani (Gypsy) students were often humiliated in school. The Holocaust murdered about 6 million Jews as well as Gypsies and Homosexuals. These groups were held in what was called concentration camps. Many of the prisoners died in the concentration camps by deliberate maltreatment, disease, starvation, and overwork, or were executed as unfit for labor. Prisoners were transported in inhumane conditions by rail freight cars, in which many died before reaching their destination. The prisoners were confined to the boxcars for days or even weeks, with little or no food or water. Many died of dehydration in the intense heat of summer or froze to death in winter. There were also different types of camps, hostage camps, labor camps, POW camps, Camps for rehabilitation and re-education of Poles, and Collection and Transit camps. Hostage camps are where hostages were held and killed as reprisals. Labor camps were camps that prisoners had to do hard physical labor under cruel and inhumane treatment. POW camps are where prisoners of war are held. Camps for rehabilitation and re-education of Poles were where the intelligentsia of the ethnic Poles were held, and "re-educated" according to Nazi values as slaves. Collection and Transit camps were where prisoners were held until transported to main camps.

Part Two- What Was Done About the Problem

The Holocaust lasted for 12 years, until 1945. Starting as early as 1944, the Allies were advancing on the Germans finally and they began taking over their camps. In July 1944, Maidanek, a camp in Poland, was liberated by the Soviets. This was followed by many more liberations and takeovers as the Americans and other Allies slowly removed Hitler from power. In January 1945, Auschwitz was liberated. This was the biggest camp in the Nazi territory and it was also the one where the most deaths occurred. The liberation of this camp was a major milestone in the end of the Holocaust. By the end of the war, there were some 50,000 to 100,000 survivors that were living in occupied Europe. Within just a year after the removal of Adolf Hitler from power, that number quickly climbed to over 200,000 survivors. Camps were built for Jewish displaced persons, who couldn't return to their homes because of the horror and threats of danger from lingering anti-Semitic residents of the countries. They were emigrated to Israel, Palestine, and the United States primarily, while some went to other countries. These camps were in existence until 1957 when all the DPs (displaced persons) had been re-homed. A Navy man in Virginia was threatened with possible Court Martial when commanding officers charged that some of his religious activities were disruptive and in violation of direct military orders. Those activities included playing a Christian radio station, reading his Bible and talking to others about his religious beliefs.

Part Three- Discrimination Today

Discrimination is still a problem in today’s society. People today will refuse to hire some people for jobs just because of their religious beliefs, and that’s not right. Every person should be treated with respect. discrimination happens Everywhere, even in schools. People get bullied and left out based on what they believe in. Discrimination is cruel and inhumane.

Part Four- What Can We Do About It

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, a great many of whom face discrimination. People that are affected are restricted in the enjoyment of their civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. States have the duty to refrain from discriminating against individuals or groups based on their religion and belief. In the Bill of Rights citizens are guaranteed the freedom of religion in the 1st amendment; however victims of religious discrimination do not experience this right. In a four-year study of religious discrimination around the world (2006-2010), Christians were the most-discriminated against group, experiencing harassment by the government and society in 168 countries. Muslims make up the second largest religious population in the world and were discriminated against in 121 countries worldwide between 2006 and 2010. As of, 2009-2010, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Indonesia had high restrictions on religious freedom. Nearly 50% of countries increased their religious discrimination between 2009 and 2010, and only 32% saw decreases. Discrimination is a horrible thing to experience and do.