The Holocaust

By : Winston Law Academic 1

Have you ever wondered what the Holocaust was or wanted to learn more about it? The Holocaust was a horrible time in history when the Nazis murdered six million Jews. They also targeted other groups who they thought were inferior. The Nazis who came to power in January 1933, believed that Jews, Gypsies, and the disabled were not good enough. The Germans were very wrong, and we need to know what happened and never let it happen again.

Most European Jews lived in countries that Germany will take over in World War Two. In 1933 the Jewish population was nine million. By 1945, the Germans killed two out of ever three European Jew. As part of there "Final Solution", their plan was to eliminate the Jews of Europe. Although Jews were the primary victims of Nazi racism ,other victims included 200,000 Gypsies and 200,000 mentally or physically disabled patients. These patients were given deadly medicine in the hospitals they were located. In the early years of the Nazi Party they built concentration camps to detain their imaged enemies. To make it easier to deport the Jews, the Germans made ghettos and forced labor camps.

Between 1941 and 1944, Nazi Germans deported millions of Jews from Germany to ghettos and to killing centres, called Extermination camps, where they were murdered in gassing facilities. As Allied forces moved across Europe , they began to discover and liberate concentration camps prisoners. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, survivors found shelter in Displaced Persons(DP) camps,run by the Allies. It is hard to imagine that the Holocaust really happened, but we know it did. The past is the past, but we must learn from it. All people are equal and deserve to live without fear. We must never forget the tragedy of the Holocaust.