The Holocaust was a major event in our history that eliminated about eleven million people. These people were killed by the Nazis that resided in Germany during World War II. Hitler was the leader of the Nazis. He felt that the Nazis were superior to the lower classes, such as the Jews, Gypsies, disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Communists, and Socialists. There were many groups that were persecuted by the Nazis but the Jews were the group that the Nazis targeted the most. The Nazis killed over at least six million Jews. The Hitler demanded the extermination of the Jews because he felt they were to blame for Germany’s lost during World War I. This paper will explain: ...view middle of the document...
This caused economic distress and caused Germany’s government to become unstable. “Lastly, the Versailles Treaty which tried to marginalize Germany ended up only isolating and weakening the German leaders. Many German citizens had forgotten that they had wanted the Kaiser rule to fall and had welcomed the democratic reforms” “They recalled only that the German Left – Socialists, Communists and Jews, in common imagination – had surrendered German honor to an ignominious peace when no foreign armies had even set foot on German soil.” Having a threat to Communism rising within Germany made it possible for radical right-wing groups, such as the Nazi Party, to rise.
In 1919 Hitler became a part of the National Socialist Party. When Hitler became the leader of the party he created anti-Semitic beliefs. Also, Hitler had racial concerns become evident within the party. In 1923 Hitler tried to take control by leading a revolt. This revolt however, failed and Hitler was put into prison. When Hitler was released from prison he organized the Nazi party. The Nazi gained power throughout the next several years and in 1932 became the most popular group in Germany. “The German President, Paul von Hindenburg, appointed Adolf Hitler Chancellor on January 30, 1933 and gave him the orders to form a government.”
“The Jews did not make up a great majority of the Germany population in the 1930s. There were only 500,000 Jews in Germany which consisted of one percent of the population. Most of these individuals were loyal patriots and were connected to the German society through their language and culture. They excelled in science, literature, the arts, and economic enterprise. 24% of Germany’s Nobel Prize winners were Jewish.” Since the Jews were a major contributor to the economy and to society the Jews felt as though they would not be excluded by the Nazis.
The Nazis started to push propaganda against the Jews. They would use the propaganda to spread lies and fear into the public. The Nazis would use such propaganda as posters, films, and dramas. There were many people that also blamed the Jews for Germany’s social and economic problems that were happening during this time. Hitler wanted to portray Jews as non-humans. Hitler succeeds in this by using the propaganda throughout Germany to show the Jews as an inferior race. Following this was Jews rights and freedoms being withdrawn. All this caused the Jews to experience violence, humiliation, and death. This was one of the main points that caused the mass destruction of the Jews during this period.
The anti-Jewish policy of the Nazi’s contained two objectives: “legal measures to expel the Jews from society and strip them of their rights and property while simultaneously engaging in campaigns of incitement, abuse, terror and violence of varying proportions.” The main objective of the policy was to push the Jews out of Germany.
Only a few weeks after Hitler rose to power the attack on the Jews began...