.Prewar & Events Leading to the Beginning of the Holocaust.
When did the Holocaust Actually begin?
After the War
In early November 1918, Germany surrendered and WWI came to an end. This left Germany with plenty of dues to pay to victorious allies including, food, money, and land. The way WWI ended played a large role in Hitler’s reasoning for madness. The economic downfall, that was a product of the war. The end of the war may have been just what Germany needed to spark the start of the Holocaust. The war left both Germany’s economy and military weak. Germany’s power as a whole was declining and that had to change. Without WWI, here may not have been a need for the Holocaust. WWI played a very large role in the start of Holocaust. Without the loss of power the war created, there would have been no need to gain back power, this being said, the end of WWI was infact the beginning of the Holocaust.
Hitler's Rise to Power
Germany was in need of a new leader this is where Adolf Hitler stepped in. Adolf Hitler, an interesting character, was a former German soldier during WWI. He was hungry for power and nothing was going to stand in his way. His speeches were often listened to and he was a highly respected public figure. He was able to pull individuals in with his speeches and make them desire change. Change is exactly what he promised, although maybe in a different way than expected. After many people were lured in by his speeches Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany in January 1933. Everyone believed that Hitler was the change Germany needed. Many would say the Holocaust started once Hitler was elected, but there had to have been some prior planning, Therefor, the Holocaust had to actually start before Hitler was elected.
The End of WWI
As WWI ended many celebrated but the war left Germany with many dues to pay and a bad economy. As a country they were declining in power.
Hitler Coming to Power
This photo displays Hitler while giving one of his motivational speeches that seemed to capture citizens.
As the Holocaust began many legislative documents were passed discriminating against the Jewish people in Germany.