During World War Two more than seventy-two million people died including six million Jews were killed by the German armies in possibly the most inhumane act ever experienced by our world – the Holocaust. The world then realised that to prevent another disaster like this countries needed to realise how important humanity, quality of life and our rights are, and thus, the United Nations was born which led to the Universal Declaration of Rights. I aim to now outline the horrors and genocide that the Jews and many others (such as homosexuals and gypsies) faced during the Holocaust, which then made the link to the U.N, I also plan on touching on human rights nowadays and whether the countries that agreed on the Universal Declaration of ...view middle of the document...
As the war began Hitler sent ‘Death squads’ out to shoot Jews, however many of the German soldiers were getting worn down and couldn’t cope with killing all of the innocent Jews and so in 1942 the Nazi’s began moving Jews into Death camps in Austria where the fit Jews were made to work long days on minimal food, and the elderly, young or sick were put into large ‘sheds’ where they were told they would get showers, Zyklon B (a poisonous gas) was then used to kill the Jews and their bodies were incinerated. On the 30th April 1945 Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun (who he married the day before) committed suicide, Eva Braun bit into a cyanide capsule and Hitler shot himself, their bodies
After the Second World War ended the United Nations (U.N) realised that in order to prevent another disaster, the human population needed to be given rights that everyone could agree on so that things would never get to a point that people would rebel. In Paris on the 10th December 1948 the U.D.H.R (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) was written up, and agreed on by 48 countries
Now, in the 21st century, the fight for human rights continues. In many ways human rights have improved, however many people around the world, are being abused and tortured, starve, or forced into slavery. Every year 15 million children starve to death, nearly one in four people live on less than $1 a day and over 500 million live in ‘absolute poverty’. Despite this, some human rights have improved, right? No slaves? Wrong, there are still 27 million slaves in the world, that’s more slaves now than any other time in history.