In 1933 a man by the name of Adolf Hitler came into power in Germany. This day would soon be a day known as the start of one of the most horrific events to ever take place. The holocaust is one of the biggest genocides to this day; it is credited with the deaths of over six million Jewish people. Adolf Hitler led a group referred to as the Nazis. Adolf and the Nazis believed the German race was superior to every other race and would go to many lengths to prove it and make it known to the world. Those of Jewish decent were not the only race viciously murdered, gypsies, poles, Russians, the disabled, and many others. Many others were killed on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds. The Holocaust started World War II and changed worldviews on dictatorship as well as completely changed the Jewish community all over Europe.
In 1933 Europe’s Jewish population stood at over nine million; by 1945 over two thirds were killed off. In a matter of twelve years the Nazis were able to kill this massive amount of Jews via concentration camps. Adolf Hitler came into office and immediately created his first concentration camp. These concentration camps are camps where people are confined in harsh conditions and without regard to the health or well being. Initially Adolf reserved his harshest persecution for political opponents such as Communists. This concentration camp was the first of many and these concentration camps became the killing grounds of millions. Adolf Hitler’s chief of police, Heinrich Himmler, ran most of these concentration camps.
Germany housed its government in a building known as “The Reichstag Building”, on February 27, 1933 Nazis burned the building down. This made it easy for Hitler to seize complete power having Germany thinking he is protecting the nation from threats to its security. A month later Nazis opened Dachau concentration camp near Munich, Buchenwald near Weimar in central Germany, Sachsenhausen near Berlin in northern Germany, and Ravensbrück for women. Two days later Hitler retained dictorial powers; Germany was officially Hitler’s nation. Hitler could now turn eyes to beginning genocide, getting rid of all who were not German. The Germans began the ridding Germany of non-Germans by boycotting Jewish businesses, forcing many Jews to close they’re businesses. By the end of Hitler’s first year the Nazis were the only legal party in Germany, all people with genetic defects were sterilized, Jews could no longer own land, and a law was passed that allowed beggars, the homeless, alcoholics and the unemployed to be sent to concentration camps.
Over the next four years Jews would be banned from German labor, they would lose health insurance, and be ban from German military. Soon after losing so many rights and privileges the Germans would take away more rights by passing “Nuremburg race laws,” stripping the Jews of citizenship and making it a crime for a Jew to date a German. Through all the troubles going on in Germany the Olympics were still brought to Germany. The Germans did not win all events as Hitler had hoped they would but Hitler and the Nazis were more determined than ever to prove the Germans were racially superior, not only in Germany but also all over Europe and the world.
The Nazis would begin this mission to take their movement past just Germany and it start in Austria. An alliance with Austria was created and soon after a concentration camp and new laws would follow. Over 17,000 Polish Jews were captured and sent to Poland where they were denied entry and left stranded on the Polish border with no where to go. At this point the U.S. assembled in France to meet with the League of Nations to propose an attempt to help Jews flee Hitler and the Nazis, the other nations would decline. The Germans would continue their onslaught and soon seize Czechoslovakia, and again all Jews who fled were sent back. The…