What Is The Cause Of The Holocaust

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The Holocaust was the destruction of Jews by the Nazi’s, lead by Adolf Hitler, in Germany through an unofficial government ordered plan. As many as 6 million Jews were exterminated at this time. Although the Holocaust took place during World War II the war was not the cause of the Holocaust. Word War II played a role in covering up the genocide of the Jews. No words can explain why these horrible actions were taken against these innocent people. During the 19th century in Europe Jews were classified an inferior race with specific physical characteristics. Some people believed that these traits would go away if Jews were emancipated from society. Others felt that the traits were passed genetically and couldn’t be changed. This history is what planted the seed for the Nazi’s program of genocide. Adolf Hitler was an Austrian born man who rose to power in Germany during the 1920s and early 1930s during a time of social, political, and economic upheaval. Failing to take power by force in 1923 he won power by democratic…show more content…
The SS, the Nazi Army, expanded the system of concentration camps and used these facilities to house other undesirable people including thousands of Jews. Dachau, Buckenwald and Sachsenhausen were among the first concentration camps built by the Nazis. Upon arrival at a camp, inmates were stripped of all their valuables and clothes. They were shaved of body hair, disinfected and issued a blue and white prison uniform. At Auschwitz, a major concentration camp, a number was tattooed on the arm of prisoners, not all camps used tattoos. The quality of live in the camps was horrible. A day in the life of a concentration camp inmate started at dawn when they were risen from their barracks that housed sometimes over 500 inmates. Their beds were bunk beds, typically 3 or 4 prisoners shared each bunk, not giving them any space to be
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