The Holocaust

By: Halie Kitchell and Brooke Roberts

What did we want to learn? How did we learn it?

We knew the basic stuff about this horrific event. We knew Adolf hitler was the ruler of it, and we knew a bunch of Jews were killed. Even though we knew that, we wanted to know more. We wanted to know how Hitler came into power and how this all was able to happen. We found our answers and we are going to share them with you today. We did alot of research and worked hard to get all of our information.

What is the Holocaust?

Nearly 11 million people wiped off the face of the earth by the Nazi population. The Jews were the primary victims, with about 6 million being killed. Then the other 5 million where other races, that were hated by the Jews. This time period of 11 years cut off 11 million lives just because of racism and hate. The Holocaust was the killing of people not for who they were but for what they were and how they acted. Groups such as handicaps, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Catholics, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents and others were persecuted by the Nazis because of their religious/political beliefs, physical defects, or failure to fall into the "Aryan" ideal. When Hitler became Chancellor in Germany January 30, 1933, few people believed he would follow through with the genocidal plan he outlined in his book 1924 Mein Kampf. In this book he outlines his beliefs on the Germans. He thought that the German race was the mater race and everyone with blonde hair and blue eyes were perfect. Hitler also went over his plans for killing and torturing the entire Jewish population from Europe, and eventually the world. The German people did not take him seriously in those early days. But when he promised them relief from economic depression and the restoration of German greatness after the defeat of World War I, he used the Jews as a scapegoat in order to achieve popular approval and success. He slowly brought the German people in to two of the greatest tragedies in History: the Holocaust and World War II. Jews were being taken out of their homes and sent to concentration camps. The first concentration camp was established March 20, 1933 at Dachau outside Munich. There they were separated from their families. There they were stripped of their belongings. There they were either worked to death or executed. Hitler’s political party called the national socialists or Nazi’s for short.