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Genocide Essay

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GenocideAfter Rodney King was beaten, and the white police officers were aquitted, he said 'Whycan't we all just get along?' A question asked by many people. Rascist and Genocidal acts such asthis have been going on for many years, and should not be tolerated.In international law, the crime of destroying, or committing conspiracy to destroy, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group is known as Genocide. It was defined in the Convention onPrevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was adopted by the United NationsGeneral Assembly on December 9, 1948.The crime of Genocide has been committed or attempted many times in recorded history.The best known example in this century ...view middle of the document...

Food and coal were to beshipped in and manufactured products were to be sent out for German use. The food supplyallowed by the Germans was mainly made up of grains and vegetables, such as turnips, carrots, andbeets. In the Warsaw ghetto, the amount of food given provided barely 1200 calories to eachinmate. Some black market food, smuggled into the ghettos, was sold at a very high price, andunemployment and poverty were common. The population was large, and the amount of peoplereached six or seven persons in a room. Typhus became common, and the death rate rose toroughly 1 percent a month.At the time of ghettoization in Poland, a project was launched farther in the east. In June1941, German armies invaded the Soviet Union, and at the same time an agency of the SovietSocialists, the Reich Security Main Office, dispatched 3000 men in special units to newly occupiedSoviet territories to kill all Jews on the spot. These mobile detachments, known as 'Einsatzgruppen',or 'Action Squads', were soon engaged in nonstop shootings. The massacres usually took place inditches or ravines near cities and towns. Occasionally, they were witnessed by soldiers or localresidents. Before long, rumors of the killings were heard in several capitals of the world.Camps equipped with facilities for gassing people were being created on the soil of occupiedPoland. Most prospective victims were being created on the soil of occupied Poland. Mostprospective victims were to be deported to these killing centres from ghettos nearby. From theWarsaw ghetto alone, more than 300,000 were removed. The first transports were usually filledwith women, children, or older men, who could not work for the Germans. Jews capable of laborwere being held for work in shops or plants, but they too were to be killed in the end. The heaviestdeportations occurred in the summer and fall of 1942. The destinations of the transports were notknown to the Jewish communities, but reports of mass deaths eventually reached the surviving Jews,as well as the governments of the United States and Great Britain. In April 1943, the 65,000remaining Jews of Warsaw put up a fight against German police who entered the ghetto in a finalroundup. The battle was fought for three weeks.The death camps in Poland were Kulmhof, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Lubin, andAuschwitz, Kulmhof was supplied with gas vans, and it's death toll was 150,000. Belzec had carbonmonoxide gas chambers in which 600,000 Jews were killed. Sobibor's gas chambers accounted for250,000 dead, and Treblinka's for 700,000 to...

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