The Holocaust

Erin Payne & Aleesha Johnson

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Thesis

The Holocaust was the mass murdering of six million Jews as well as millions of others (e.g., gypsies, homosexuals, communists and Jehovah's Witnesses) by the Nazis regime in WWII. Many were rounded up, put in ghettos, forced to work in concentration camps and then later killed by large gas chambers, disease, overwork, or starvation and/or dehydration.
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Background/Introduction

In 1945 a mass murdering of some 6 million European Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and other groups was made by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War. This “Final Solution” ordered by a man named Adolf Hitler was soon known as the Holocaust. Hitler felt Jews to be an inferior race and a threat to German racial purity and community. As a result, he ordered the mass killing of all inferior groups believed plague Germany. To this day many German families are still haunted by the cruel legacy left behind by the Holocaust.


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CAUSES

Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Hitler was the driving force behind the obsessive and fanatical Nazi persecution and ultimately also the mass slaughter of the Jews and various other groups, though the details of implementation were left to the terror apparatus, headed by Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich.
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CHARACTERISTICS

The aftereffects of the Holocaust were everlasting for many families. Survivors were unable to return home, as many had lost their families and had been condemned by non-Jewish neighbors. Due to this many refugees, POWs, and other dismissed groups began to move across Europe in an effort to regain their old lives. Since many were unaware of what the Nazis had done to the Jewish people, Allied powers began to inform the public of the many atrocities the Nazis committed during the early 1940s. Although the Jewish people began to gain support, they still struggled to return to normalcy. They had to seek restitution of wealth and property confiscated by Nazis in earlier years. Thankfully though, the German government eventually began to make payments to individual Jews and to the Jewish people as a way of acknowledging the German people's responsibility for the crimes committed in their name.


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CONCLUSION

The Jews were brutally killed by Germany who were led by the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. They invaded and the Poland World War Two began. The Warsaw Ghetto was a major ghetto in Poland, where many of the victims were held. Ghettos and concentration camps did not have enough food, and lacked sanitation. Many of the jews died in these camps. The Jews tried to fight against the Germans, and run away. Refugee camps helped the few that were able to escape from the camps. The Holocaust will go down as one of the most brutal genocides ever.


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