The Holocaust: A Time Of Persecution And Murder

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The Holocaust – A Time of Persecution and Murder Lisa M. Turner HIS 204 Kimberly Roff April 5, 2010 The Holocaust – A Time of Persecution and Murder There have always been wars and countries wanting to be more powerful than the next one. With each head of power came different beliefs and ideas about who was better than the other whether it was based on power, race, color, or religious beliefs. During the mid-twentieth century a man came to power that would affect the world so harshly that it will never be forgotten. In January 1933, Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany. With him came the Nazi party beliefs of world dominance and being of the superior Aryan race. During his reign of power, his beliefs and decisions…show more content…
The government of Germany no longer accepted or recognized any Jewish community organization. They were no longer able to hold any form of civil service jobs and were fired. They were even prohibited from places such as public parks. Jewish doctors were only allowed to treat Jewish patients. German schools no longer allowed Jewish students and they were expelled. The Nazis required all Jews to have their passports marked with the letter “J” for “Jude” (The Holocaust Timeline, Year Unknown, p. 3). In November of 1938, the Nazis conducted further violent acts against the Jews with the “Kristallnacht” which was known as the “Night of the Broken Glass” (Rosenberg, Year Unknown, p. 2). These acts of violence were directly against the Jewish people. Jewish owned businesses were looted, windows were busted, synagogues were set on fire, and the Nazis attacked Jewish people. When it was over, around 30,000 Jews were arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. It was only the beginning of their nightmare that was still to…show more content…
These camps were called concentration camps because the prisoners “were physically ‘concentrated’ in one location” (Nazi Camps, 2010, p. 1). The SS Forces ran these camps. These camps would be used for either slave labor in nearby factories or for death camps for the extermination of the “undesirable” (Inside a Nazi Death Camp, 1944, 2004, p. 1). These inferior people would later include the disabled, mentally retarded, homosexuals, Gypsies, and members of the Communist and Socialist groups. Concentration camps were built for the prisoners to perform hard labor and be provided little food. It was the Nazis’ way of starving the prisoners to death. Prisoners often slept at least 3 people in the same bunk that had no mattress, pillow, or covers. Prisoners were used for medical experiments. They were sterilized and tortured. In the concentration camps, there was a very small chance of

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