During the Holocaust, it is estimated that as a direct result, about eleven million people were killed (“The Holocaust”). A large number of these deaths occurred in concentration camps, which were camps used to torture and kill political prisoners, such as Communists and Social Democrats. Concentration Camps were horrific as many people were killed and tortured, and many people were killed before they even made it to the camps. Concentration camps were a type of camp that Adolf Hitler built as prisons for his political opponents. There were at least 17 different types of camps that included death camps and police camps for delinquent youths (Fordham).
They attempted to kill all of the Jewish people. This is called genocide. Genocide is when a certain person or group (Nazis) tries to exterminate an entire race or ethnic group. They wanted to do this because the Nazis thought that the Jews were inferior, and they saw them as a threat to Hitler’s rain of terror. At this time there were 9 million Jews in Europe.
Cruel Times. The Holocaust was a terrible and horrific time for all people under the rule of Adolf Hitler. Hitler played a lead role in the Holocaust and the laws, which he passed, were extremely cruel and harsh towards the Jews and minorities. If that was not enough later laws were enacted dictating instructions for the complete extermination of the Jewish race. The Nazis were so unforgiving and cruel in their ways that Jews and Minorities had to find new ways of living without becoming known to the Nazis and the German public.
Yet during World War I Germany used concentration camps for prisoners of war to manufacturing war equipment, although in the beginning of World War II they were used for anyone who threatened the peace in Germans Reich. And eventually were used to use exterminate Jews for the “Final Solution” (Byers 20 ). Hitler would concentrate the Jews into camps where he would eventually kill them, the first Camp was in the outskirts of Dachau (Byers 22). Hitler decided to start moving the Jews to concentration camps when a sixteen-year-old Jewish boy assassinated a minor official in Paris. This caused the Germans to go on a murderous spree, they burned down one-hundred-ninety-one synagogues and one-hundred-ninety-one house and apartments.
The German regime had constructed the six sites containing gas chambers and large crematoria, with the genocidal purpose of annihilating Europe's Jewish population in what they called the 'Final Solution to the Jewish Question'. Of the estimated six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, well over three million perished in these six
In Hitler’s mind inferior humans included Jews, gays, gypsies, etcetera. With the Nazi party behind him he began to capture these inferior persons. Under Hitler’s control the Nazi party started systematically persecuting and killing people of Jewish decent, thus the Holocaust began. This idea of eliminating the Jews was known as
“Genocide is the systematic and purposeful destruction of a racial or cultural group. During WWII about 6 million Jews were killed the other 5million were homosexuals, gypsies, and etc. The elements that lead to the Holocaust were totalitarism combined with nationalism, the history of anti- Semitism, Hitler’s belief in the master race, and the Final Solution. Totalitarism centralized control by an autocratic authority and political
How they were psychologically transformed from ordinary men into the people, who participated actively in the worst crime against humanity known to date. Even if theses pressures are powerful, it doesn't account for the actions of all the Germans, in every aspect of the war. The Jews were slaughtered because they had different beliefs. Although there we have differences in opinion on certain topics, Browning does an incredible job at depicting the atmosphere at that time. Elie Wiesel on the other hand incorporated various literary techniques to convey the message of Nazi’s brutality towards their Jewish prisoners.
Hitler had already convinced Germany that Jews were a disgrace. He started the extermination by taking over Poland, a country with over three million Jews. Then, he continued taking over Belgium, Luxemburg, France, and Holland, placing every single Jew under Nazis control. Hitler and his people did not know what to do with the millions of Jews, so he proposed, and executed, the Final Solution. This means, kill them all!
The most notorious example of dehumanization of civilians has to be the killing of Jews in World War Two. Six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis for the simple reason that they were Jewish. They were shipped to concentration camps in cattle cars where they were subjected to slave labor until they died of exhaustion or disease. There were numerous examples of dehumanization in the concentration camps. In memoirs of survivors, we learned that they were separated from their families, stripped of their possessions, clothing and cut off their hair.