The holocaust1 Essay

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The holocaust1



Nearly six million Jews were killed and murdered in what historians have called "The

Holocaust." The word 'holocaust' is a conflagration, a great raging fire that consumes in it's path

all that lives. In the years between 1933 and 1945, the Jews of Europe were marked for total

annihilation. Moreover, anti-Semitism was given legal sanction. It was directed by Adolf Hitler

and managed by Heinne Himmler, Reinhard Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann. The Germans under

Adolf Hitler believed that the Jews were the cause of all the German troubles and were a threat to

the German and Christian values.

Following the defeat of the Germans in WW1, the Treaty Of Versailles and the UN

resolutions against Germany raised many militaristic voices and formed extreme nationalism.

Hitler took advantage of the situation and rose to power in 1933 on a promise to destroy the

Treaty Of Versailles that stripped Germany off land. Hitler organized the Gestapo as the only

executive branch and secret terror organization of the Nazi police system. In 1935, he made the

Nuremberg Laws that forbid Germans to marry Jews or commerce with them. Hitler thought that

the Jews were a nationless parasite and were directly related to the Treaty Of Versailles.

When Hitler began his move to conquer Europe, he promised that no person of Jewish

background would survive. Before the start of the second world war, the Jews of Germany were

excluded from public life, forbidden to have sexual relations with non-Jews, boycotted, beaten

but allowed to emigrate.

When Germany took over Poland, the Polish and German Jews were forced into

overcrowded Ghettos and employed as slave labor. The Jewish property was seized. Disease and

starvation filled the Ghettos. Finally, the Jews were taken to concentration camps in Poland and
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