• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Holocaust

Extracts from this document...


Nazis "Othering" the Jews Alyson A. Kovash Dickinson State University Abstract This paper examines the Nazi's harsh treatment towards the Jews. The Nazis treated the Jews unfairly by limiting many of their rights, destroying many of their belongings, and murdering them. This event was known as the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a big event in history still remembered today by many people. It was the massive killing of many innocent Jews. The Jews were burned, starved, and gassed to death in extermination and death camps. This paper first discusses how the Holocaust got started and who started it, along with the German's belief in society and how it affected their treatment towards other groups. Then, the paper discusses the harsh treatment the Jews received from the Nazis and how the harsh treatment affected the lives of millions of Jews. Finally, this paper not only discusses how the Holocaust affected many Jews during the Holocaust, but it also describes how it is still affecting the surviving Jews today. Every major event carries the potential of a new way of looking at the past and implications of the future. Racism, slavery, terrorism, and other tragic events facing the world show man's inhumanity to man. ...read more.


Due to the racial theories created by the Nazis toward the Jews, the Germans who were the strongest and fittest were destined to rule, while the weak Jews were destined to die. As Hitler came to the theory that the Jews were useless, he started to restrict their rights. Hitler began to restrict the Jews with legislation and terror, which entailed burning books written by Jews, removing Jews from their professions and public schools, confiscating their business and property, and excluding them from public events (The Holocaust). The last of the Jews rights were excluded on September 15, 1935, when Hitler enforced the Nuremberg Laws, which stripped Jews of their citizenship and excluded them from German society (History of the Holocaust). The harsh treatment of the Jews didn't end there. In fact, violent attacks on the Jews only started to begin. In November 1938, the attack against Jews changed into the physical destruction of synagogues and Jewish owned stores, the arrest of Jewish men, the destruction of homes, and the murder of Jewish individuals (History of the Holocaust). This centrally organized riot became known as Kristallnacht (the "Night of Broken Glass"). Soon after, in 1940, many Jews were forced from their homes to live in ghettos, isolated from the rest of society (The Holocaust). ...read more.


A pervasive, depressive mood, along with angry outbursts, feelings of helplessness, and lack of security, continued to live with the Jewish survivors after the liberation (Williams). Not only did survivors suffer mentally, but they also suffered physically. Many diseases and defective conditions had slowly developed that nobody expected. According to Williams, the symptoms most frequently described were increased fatigability, failing memory, an inability to concentrate, restlessness, and headaches. Anxiety and mood disorders were also other aspects of the syndrome found in many of the investigated survivors. Often it is said that the passage of time helps ease the pain and can diminish the extent of the grief over loss of relatives and community. But it can also be said that time creates perspective and thus accentuates the historic significance of these events. Almost fifty years have passed and what has been learned? Decent people not only had shied away from expressions of anti-Semitism but also racism in general. Today, racism still remains in some parts of the world; however, it is not as prevalent as it once was. Because the Holocaust was so brutal and undeserving, it will be forever remembered. As Elie Wiesel once stated, "Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe" (Quotes by Elie Wiesel). ?? ?? ?? ?? Nazis "Othering" the Jews 3 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 essays

  1. How did Hitler become chancellor in 1933?

    Due to the hyperinflation, German banks went bust, and so therefore people's life savings simply vanished. The middle class people were the worst hit because they were the people who kept savings in order to buy property and goods. All confidence in the financial system was lost because of the collapse of the currency.

  2. A face to remember

    Engraved on the face of the Civil Rights table is a clockwise timeline of crucial moments in the history of the U.S. civil rights movement, including the deaths of 40 of the movement's most prominent leaders. Lin's inspiration for using water as a medium to connect spectators and the monument

  1. Free essay

    JFK assassination - different theories and the evidence.

    A turbulence of pandemonium erupted, formulating one of the most eminent and illustrious debates to have surged through history over the authenticity of a 27 second home movie of the assassination, distinguished as the most significant amateur recording of a news event to have materialized amongst the past.

  2. End of a tragedy - The road to Appomattox.

    Sherman began the move north in mid-January of 1865. The only hope of Confederate resistance would be supplied by General P.G.T. Beauregard. He was scraping together an army with every resource he could lay his hands on, but at best would only be able to muster about 30,000 men.

  1. Research on the major Civil rights events between 1963 to 1968

    That summer 30 black homes and 37 black churches were firebombed. 3. Over 80 volunteers were beaten by white mobs or racist police officers and 4. Three men, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan on 21st June, 1964.

  2. Civil Rights Revision Cards 1945-68

    Hundreds of freedom riders arrested. GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM 1. Blacks boycotted white businesses because city authorities refused to desegregate (nb - despite pressure from Robert Kennedy) KING 1. Invited to join by older members of the Albany Movement ? led a march & came to promising agreement with city authorities to

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work