When most people think of the Holocaust they think of Hitler, Jews, death, concentration camps, and prejudice. These thoughts are all the truth, but not the whole truth. Not only Jews were persecuted and executed, but also Poles, Ukrainians, Russians, Belorussians, Gypsies, homosexuals, and people too old, ill or handicapped to be “glorious”. All of these people were killed in many gruesome, gory, horrible ways. It started with the Poles. Hitler invaded Poland in 1939. Some people were worried about what the rest of the world would think. Hitler only said, “Who still talks nowadays about the extermination of the Armenians?” His arrogance did not bite him back until many years later. Not until the killing had been done. After Hitler had ruined every iota of their will to resist, he decided to use the living Poles as slaves. Hitler’s insane brain pictured the Jews as cancer cells eating away at a perfect body. His only solution to this was to terminate this ‘infection’. Hitler wanted to kill off every single human of the non-Aryan-ideal. This horrible man even had a name for the people he wanted to kill: Untermenshun, a word for sub-human, or not good enough to live. Even worse, he prejudiced Poles as stupid, Russians and Ukrainians as brutish, and Gypsies as tramps and thieves. He also bribed the press into convincing the public that certain people were repulsive and should die. This horrible man was able to do so- and slowly many people were persuaded that Hitler’s distorted mind was correct. Later, the Nazis completely trampled Poland with absolutely zero worries of people resisting. So many scholars, teachers, and priests were murdered in the first few brutal and disgusting weeks of the German take-over. Hitler especially wanted the priests dead because of their connection to the spiritual world that was considered to be ‘weak’ or un-glorious. Then the Nazis murdered farmers, shopkeepers, students, and elders. In only a few weeks, 3 thousand priests died in only Poland alone. Many were gunned down by Gestapo-police. Others were sent to concentration camps where there they were worked and starved to death. These horrible deaths ended thousands of lives to come. Then, more Poles were killed. Sadly the Poles had to face horrible public deaths like in shootings, hanging and being worked to death. I think the most disturbing is how the Poles were rounded up into wooden buildings and locked in. The buildings were lit on fire by Nazi’s who would listen to the tortured screams of their victims. In 1941, many Ukrainians, Belorussians, and Russians were forced into the same
Times of Tragedy
The holocaust was the analytical, systematic, state-sponsored prosecution of approximately six million Jews by a group called the Nazi’s and the other collaborators of these heinous crimes. The Nazi group had believed that the German’s were the superior race and that the Jewish were deemed “Inferior”. In January of 1933 the Nazi group came into power with a leader that had planted an idea in the heads of the German race that the Jewish were not worth anything and should be permanently…
occurrence and were persecuted. The Holocaust was a genocide based on anti-semitic ideologies; and was the systematic extermination of the Jewish people resulting in millions of dead Jews.
The Holocaust occurred before and during WW2. It began with the Nazi political group gaining power. Hitler was the leader of the Nazis and he believed Jews were the cause of Germany’s hardships. The Nazis gradually released more and more propaganda stating that Jews caused Germany to lose WW1 and that they were inferior…
The Holocaust: Nazi Camps
“ATTENTION! HITLER IS AT OUR DOORSTEPS! VACATE YOUR PREMISES
NOW OR DIE IN THE NAZI DEATH CAMPS!” “Hanging high in the center of town, it was a
Nazi flag… here was the first time I saw, with my own eyes, the Swastika.”(Spiegelman 32)
Holocaust has begun. The Jewish community was targeted by Hitler and they didn’t get any
warnings like the one stated above. Mainly because WWII didn’t start until 1939, but Hitler was
already planning on constructing…
In Poland, the Holocaust rose to its deadliest heights, unleashing its earliest and most hellacious onslaught upon the Jewish and other undesirable inhabitants. As the Nazi attempts to answer the Jewish question took their course, Poland rapidly became the epicenter of the Holocaust. It became the epicenter for a few primary reasons. Poland was the first country which the Nazis conquered. Once Poland was conquered, the Nazis found themselves in control of a much larger…
Dachau, Germany, were completely unaware of the horrific events about to unfold that would overshadow their city still today. The citizens of Dachau were oblivious that their city was going to become the origin of concentration camps and of the Holocaust, the mass murder committed by the Nazi s in World War II. Dachau Concentration Camp, which would soon be placed on the edge of their community, would serve as a model for all Nazi extermination camps. This perfect prototype of a Nazi killing machine…
German Big Buisness
The Aryanization of the German businesses was discussed through Pater Hayes’s article “Profits and Persucution: Corporate Involvement in the Holocaust”. Hayes looked into why German businessmen were initially skeptical of Hitler and what factors played into the role of overcoming these suspicions. Hayes also looked into why German the initial attitude of the German business community changed toward the anti-Sematic campaigns. Neil Gregor through his article, “Big Business and…
from Egypt and migrated to Europe. Jews way of life was different before they began the holocaust. Jews have been living in Europe for over 2,000 years.
The Jewish population before the Holocaust was 1.7 percent of the European population. In 1933 about 9.5 million Jews lived in Europe. Most Jews lived on the eastern side of Europe. The largest three Jewish communities were Poland, Great Britain and Germany. Poland was the largest community of Jews out of the top three. Poland had approximately…
Curtain’ (division of Europe/Germany)
- No direct conflict between US and USSR
• “proxy wars”
• System of global alliances (1st, 2nd, 3rd World)
- Nuclear and conventional arms race
Nuclear warhead stockpiles
Duck and Cover
The End of the War
Questions after WWII
1. What to do w/ nuclear weapons?
2. What to do w/ our Communist allies:
Soviet Union and China?
3. What to do w/ our former enemies:
Germany and Japan?
4. What to…
occur in an industrialized country.
- Lenin’s party, the Bolshevik (later called Communist), took over the government. One of its first acts in 1918 was to take Russia out of World War I by signing the Treaty of Breast-Litovsk with Germany. They gave up rights to land that held a third of the population of Russia, a third of its agriculture, and half of its industry.
- The Communists fought various groups of anti-Communists in a bloody civil war. The Communists became known as the…
ww2 encouraging others in potential future situations to do differently.
CONCLUSION: their contribution was not substantial enough – if it had been, perhaps some of Hitler most heinous would not have brought to fruition.
For the anti-Nazi cause, people in Germany not only risked their lives but lost them. Two men were of particular importance in urging the church forward on its way through the Third Reich: Martin Niemoller and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Martin Niemoller played a major pan in gathering…