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Hitler and the Holocaust
From the beginning the Nazis who were being faithful to Hitler had specifically targeted the Jews. The Nazis relentless hatred for the Jews rested on the view they had of the world, which saw history as of racial struggle. They thought the Jews goal was world domination. This made the Nazis think that the Jews were an obstruction to Aryan dominance. They considered it their duty to eliminate the Jews, whom they regarded as a threat. Other factors also contributed toward the Nazi hatred of the Jews. These included the ideas of Christian anti-Semitism, which negatively stereotyped the Jews as Christ-killers. Also significant was the political anti-Semitism from the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth centuries, which singled out the Jews as a threat to the established order of society. All of these factors combined made the Jews a perfect target for persecution and ultimate destruction by the Nazis.
The Nazis harassed and brutalized the Jews throughout the 1920s during the “struggle for power.” Speech after speech painted the Jews as Germany’s “misfortune” and prophesied a time of reckoning. (McFee, Gordon, Are the Jews Central to the Holocaust? http://www.holocaust-history.org/jews-central)
In 1933, when the Nazis came to power, the Jews were their first target. A boycott against Jewish businesses took place in April 1933 and the first laws against the Jews were enacted as early as April 17, 1933. The Jews were being progressively erased from almost every facet of German life. The Nuremberg Laws that were passed deprived the Jews of almost every remaining right and whatever freedom they had. In November 1938, Nazi hate against the Jews broke out into anti-Semitic violence, the event that took place that night became known as the Kristallnacht. Nazi mobs broke the glass in Jewish shop windows; they stole from Jewish apartments, torched synagogues, and sent thousands of Jews to concentration camps. Over 400 Jews were murdered and a fine was levied against them. In 1941 the Nazis decided to kill the Eastern European Jews by shooting them. By the end of the year they decided to kill all European Jews.
Only one man could have such a sick, compulsive mind, living in his own distorted world. A world that caused a long torturous journey of converting living souls, into ashes and gas. This man was known as Adolph Hitler. When Hitler was young he was infected with syphilis. As he grew older the disease caused an inflammation of the brain. It is believed that is what made him a sick, paranoid man that was full of delusions.
With respect of the Jewish Question. The Fuhrer has decided to make a clean sweep. He prophesied to the Jews that if they again brought about a world war, they would live to see their annihilation in it. That wasn’t just a catch-word. The world war is here, and the annihilation of the Jews must be the necessary consequence. (McFee, Gordon, Are the Jews Central to the Holocaust? Http://www.holocaust-history.org/jews-central/ )
Hitler had said if there was another war that he would annihilate the Jews. During the war he said he was in the process of annihilating them. In his Testament he said he had did exactly what he had said he would. For the satisfaction of one man, a whole nation was crucified and wounded.
The Holocaust was from January 30, 1933 to May 8, 1945.
The term “Holocaust” was coined to describe the uniquely Jewish aspect of the Final Solution. (McFee, Gordon, Are the Jews Central to the Holocaust? http://www.holocaust-history.org/jews-central/ )
In 1933 there lived approximately 450,000 Jews. When Hitler first came to power 50,000 Jews fled Germany. By 1938 150,000 Jews had left, but there were still about 300,000 Jews still in Germany. But eventually it became harder and harder for any of them to flee. The Jews that were still in Germany had their possessions taken away from them and walled into ghettos. They were powerless.
Many Jews were hauled off into concentration camps. Also known as a death or mass murder camp. A concentration camp is a prison camp that is outside the normal criminal system. They were specifically designed for the sole purpose of murder. The murders of over thousands of men, women, and children.
There were six camps Auschwitze-Birkenau, Belzec, Chelmnp, Majdanek, Sobibor,
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The Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Discrimination, Orientalism, Racism, Responsibility for the Holocaust, Final Solution, Antisemitism, Jews, Criticism of Holocaust denial, Extermination camp
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