The Holocaust

1933-1945

This subject interested me because I wanted to know why Hitler killed so many people and got away with doing. I wanted to know why no one stopped him.

Summary

Adolf Hitler grew to power in Germany and started the Nazi race and army. He had a view of a perfect race of blue eyed, blonde haired people. He told all of Germany that the Jews were responsible for all their problems. They captured all the Jews, and put them into concentration camps and death camps. They would kill them all either by gas chambers, mass shootings, or just burning them. Most would die because of starvation or disease. This was important to history because of the large amount of deaths by murder.

Speech by Adolf Hitler, January 31, 1939

"Today I will once more be a prophet: If the international Jewish financiers in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once more into a world war, then the result will not be the bolshevization of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe!"

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Time Line

  • Jan. 30, 1933; Adolf Hitler is appointed chancellor of Germany
  • March 24, 1933; German Parliament passes enabling act giving Hitler Dictatorial powers
  • April 1, 1933; Nazi stage boycott of Jewish shops and businesses
  • Nov. 24, 1933; Nazi pass a law against habitual and dangerous criminals, which allows beggars, homeless, alcoholics and the unemployed to be sent to concentration camps
  • Jan. 24, 1934; Jews are banned from the German labor front
  • May 21, 1935; Nazi ban Jews from serving in army
  • July 23, 1938; Nazi order Jews over age 15 to apply for identity cards from the police, to be shown on demand to any police officer
  • April 30, 1939; Jews lose rights as tenants and are relocated to Jewish houses
  • July 17, 1940; The first anti-Jewish measures are taken in Vichy France
  • March 7, 1941; German Jews ordered into forced labor

Books and Movies about the Holocaust

Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps, By: Andrea Warren (HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2001) The book is a harrowing retelling of Jack Mandelbaum’s Holocaust experience when he was 12, is separated from his family and sent to a Nazi concentration camp. The author uses the boy’s words to tell his tragic story.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank (Prentice Hall, 1993) is the diary of a young Jewish girl who spends her teenage years in hiding from the Germans during the Holocaust.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A movie about a young German boy who explores around his home and discovers a concentration camp.

Anne Frank's Diary (as a primary source)

Shows what her life was like living in hiding from the Jews.

Impact on society

The Holocaust has affected current society because it has given us an example of a very frightening side to dictatorship. Adolf Hitlers genocide has ignited many ideas into peoples minds and since then we have had large amount of mass killings or genocides. Since the Holocaust, countries all around the world have taken action and have better security and precautions. People all around the world are working on finding ways to prevent these awful things from happening.

What I learned

The holocaust has taught me about how horrible Hitler treated the Jews and how he murdered so many innocent people. I learned how the Nazis exterminated the Jews and about the views of Hitler. I learned how Hitler led Germany during the Holocaust and how many people disagreed with his opinions but never stood up to him. A lot of people during this time period were afraid of Hitler and the Nazis. This genocide will always be known for its awful murders and treatment.