World War II

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World War II

World War II was a battle between the Allies and the Axis. In 1918 was when World War I ended, 21 years later World War II began, World War II lasted 6 years, World War II ended in 1945, with the unconditional surrender of Axis powers. The U.S.A entered World War II after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Adolf Hitler and The Nazi Party

Before World War II began Germany was ruled by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. In Germany, millions of people were imprisoned and killed, because they did not fit Hitler's image of the perfect men. On April 1, 1933, the Nazi began their action against German Jews by announcing a boycott of all Jewish-run Businesses. Hitler blamed German misery on the 1919 Treaty of Versailles that had followed the fighting. On May 8, 1945, the Allies accepted Germany's surrender, about a week after Adolf Hitler had committed suicide. The group most heavily targeted by the Nazis were the Jews, around 6 million people were killed during World War II in one of history's most terrible events-Holocaust.
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Holocaust lasted 12 years. Holocaust comes originally from the Greek word ¨holokaustori¨, which means ¨sacrifice by fire¨. Today, the Holocaust refers to the Nazi's persecution and planned the killing of the Jewish.
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Anne Frank

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 12, 1929.(Today she is 86 years old). Anne had a sister named Margot, and her father's name was Otto Frank. Anne Frank died in March 1945, at the age of 15. Anne loved to write. Anne's family was Jewish. IN 1934, Anne's family moved to the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
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Other Interesting Facts

*Hitler blamed Jewish people for Germany losing World War I, and claimed they were dangerous to the Germans and society

*Around 64 million people died in World War II

*Some Countries remained `neutral´ in World War II and chose not to join either side such as Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

*In an attempt to eliminate a racial enemy outside of Germany, such groups as were also persecuted in the countries invaded by German forces

*Many Americans were alarmed by the events in Europe and Asia

*The great depression began in the year 1929, it left about 25% of Americans unemployed

*Many people were poor and homeless

*Prime Minister of Great Britain, Neville Chamberlain, formed an alliance with Adolf Hitler in 1938

*Jews were forced out of their homes and moved into smaller apartments, often shared with other families

*Some innocent civilians died, and some were wounded during the war

*The largest ghetto was in Warsaw, with it's highest population reaching 445,000 in March 1941

*On September 1, 1939, the Nazi army struck again, but this time is was Poland

*Poland had treaties with France and England

*Poland was filled with Jews that had lived there for centuries

*Thousands of Jews had fled there from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia

*Some Americans believed that the U.S.A should have joined the war, but some Americans believed that they should not join the war

*Great Britain, and France declared a war against Germany

*The world was shocked when the Germans took over France in just 6 weeks