CASE STUDY: THE HOLOCAUST Prejudice is any preconceived attitude, opinion or feeling towards an individual or group of people, which could be either favourable or unfavourable. Most psychologists consider the holocaust in relation to prejudice. The holocaust was a specific period in the 20th century where the Jews were systematically persecuted and annihilated by the Nazi’s. During this era, the handicapped were also targeted. Millions more including: homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet (Russian) prisoners of war, and citizens who didn’t agree, died under the Nazi tyranny as well.
Firstly, exposing children to guns and gun education will take away from the curiosity they might have later in life that would have led to an issue or incident. Sex education has shown that this method is effective because when a child is educated they will have a greater understanding about the dangers and other aspects of guns they wouldn’t have known about beforehand. Just like Jamie O’Meara (2000) was saying “that sex education is taught so that kids will have a better understanding of how their bodies work, why they feel sexual desires, and how to act (or not) on those desires”. Children will gain the confidence to make responsible choices when it comes to gun use and resulting in making better decisions. The media puts this image in children’s heads that there is something fun about having a gun and also that it gives you power and you can control people with it.
The Holocaust During WWII, the single, most aggressive act towards a race of people occurred, the Holocaust. The Holocaust refers to the period from January 30, 1933 - when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany - to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsher persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities. The Jews who died were not casualties of the fighting that ravaged Europe during World War II. Rather, they were the victims of Germany's deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe, a plan Hitler called the “Final Solution”.
Hitler deliberately expressed his hate toward Jews and gave ample warnings, as it was all written down in his autobiography “Mein Kampf”. In 1935, the introduction of the Nuremberg Laws stripped German Jews of their citizenship and civil rights. Jewish rights were steadily restricted, as in many cases Jewish political and intellectual leaders were the first to be sent to concentration camps. The Night of Broken Glass, on November 9, 1938 lead to the death of approximately 100 Jews, while other 30,000 were sent to concentration camps. Jewish businesses along with almost every synagogue in Germany were damaged or completely destroyed.
The Jews, acting for World Jewry, had done all they could to bring about defeat in WW1. These claims justified persecution, terrorisation and genocide. Germany’s Jewish Community In 1933 only 0.7% of Germany was Jewish. They were also a diminishing minority. They were under represented in the upper reaches of industry and finance.
The rest of them were sent either to the gas chambers or to the ovens. Some of this ones that survived were the ones that would take the corpses from the chambers to the crematory and they had to burn them. These prisoners were in a unit that was called sonderkommando. When burning the corpses there was not only one burned at a time they would stack a bunch of them and burn them all together. In1944, there was an overpopulation in Auschwitz because there was a Hungarian group that was going to be exterminated because they were considered as Jews by the Nazis.
Hitler used the Jewish people as a scapegoat for the problems Germany had as a nation. They were his main targets throughout his reign of terror and the majority of those killed, approximately six million, in the Holocaust. However, Nazi ideology was not discriminatory to only Jews. Gypsies, homosexuals, handicapped, homeless people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and communists were all targeted and killed or imprisoned, along with the Jews (Bergen
Since the end of World War II, our society has learned a great deal. We must consider the Holocaust, not just as a global tragedy, but also as a chance to understand what went wrong, so that we may continue to listen and teach so that a generation is never deprive of childhood again. In doing so, we must listen to the faint voices of those who perished as well as those who survived. It is impossible to put a value on a child. They are the most priceless possession someone may hold.
Racism and prejudice have been going on for years, but what will never be forgotten is the time when the entire Jewish population went under an almost complete genocide. After the war the Germans sought for a way out of bankruptcy and starvation until one day they found it. Adolf Hitler turned the Germans against the Jewish and used them as a scapegoat out of their problem. The Germans believed that they were the superior race so they used many methods to kill the Jews such as shooting, starving, overworking and even gassing. Even though people remember the Holocaust, racism and prejudice are in a fight to be stopped.
One of the important days in history was the holocaust, because massive numbers of innocent Jewish lives were lost. To begin with, during the holocaust millions of innocent victims were killed. The cause for some of the deaths were the gas chambers. What they would do for that is they would put people inside a building that would fit at least 2,000 people and through a small opening they would throw cans of Poisonous gas. The ones that would get thrown in there were the disabled, children, and women.