Comparing The Salem Witch Trials And The Holocaust

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Why was there so many people and even an entire race accused and killed over an mass hysteria that was not true and not even close to what they are? In the Salem Witch Trials and the Holocaust many innocent lives were taken over a mass hysteria that came over the lands like a flood and destroyed many of the people’s trust, rights, and freedom they had as humans. This made many people became superdiscs about each other neighbors and friends of being crimes or the wrong people.

The Salem Witch Trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people that were accused of doing witchcraft and being witches in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1963. Seven centuries ago, many Christians and other religious groups, hand a strong belief that the devil could give certain people known as witches the power to harm others in order to repay a deal that the devil made which that person. (Blumberg, Jess) In these times over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 of them were executed by hanging, crushing, stoning, strappado, and the water test were methods they used to determine if they were a witch.
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Even though they were both mass hysteria killings there were differences in that the Holocaust was ruled by and started by one man “Adolf Hitler”, and the Salem Witch Trials was by a group of little paranoid girls who started the trials so they wouldn’t die. Both groups focused their powers on one race or group of people that did nothing wrong and was living like everyone else was. Many of the killings were done publicly in front of many people to show them an example of what will happen to them if they did anything wrong or was a Jew or a witch. In the end both events were wrong in that they did and didn’t do right of what they did do to each other because they are