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Extermination of the Jewish Race was the singular goal of the holocaust. Argue.

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´╗┐Ryan Lo History Essay ________________ The extermination of the Jewish race was the singular goal of the Holocaust. Argue. During the holocaust that took place in Europe between 1941 and 1945, multiple racial groups and minorities were murdered along with the Jews. The extermination of the Jewish race was not the singular goal of the holocaust, but rather a key aspect in Hitler?s plan for an Aryan race in Europe. Hitler developed a culture of nationalism by blaming the Jewish race for many of the problems that Germany faced in the past. Although many races were affected by the holocaust, it is clear that the Jewish race suffered most. The holocaust in its eternity was not just a means of eradicating millions of Jews, but also a method of reforming national pride amongst the German nation. During the course of the holocaust, various groups of people fell victim to the wrath of the Nazis. Hitler didn?t discriminate against only the Jews, but also the Russians, Poles, blacks, gypsies, Jehovah?s witnesses, homosexuals, mentally ill and disabled people. These groups of people were regarded as ?inferior? and were slaughtered alongside the Jews in the numerous concentration camps throughout Europe.[1] Five of the eleven million people that were murdered in the holocaust were not of Jewish descent, but rather innocent people that belonged to a race deemed inferior.[2] On August 22, 1939, only days before ...read more.

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With such hatred towards the Jewish race, the persecution of Jews wasn?t regarded as unjustifiable but rather as punishment for past events. The Ministry of Public Enlightenment released newspaper articles and short films that informed the Jews that the concentration camps were merely for their own protection against the German public, and that they would be safe and taken care of. This prevented any large uprising amongst the Jews, and kept them calm whilst they were being arrested. However, that being said, the general public also had a very limited explanation as to what was actually happening to the Jews after they had been arrested and taken to the concentration camps. Indoctrinating the German public with Hitler?s ideas was a crucial part in why the holocaust took place, as it lead to the Nazi?s persecution of the Jews going uncontested. ?By the skilful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.? ? Adolf Hitler[7] The idea that Hitler felt equally about exterminating Jews as he did towards other non-Aryan races can be questioned. It is clear through Hitler?s speeches and writings that he felt more threatened by the Jews than any other race. ?The struggle for world domination will be fought entirely between us, between Germans and Jews. ...read more.

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Print "Holocaust Timeline." Holocaust Timeline. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n.d. Web. 13 May 2013. <http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/timeline/TEXTLINE.HTM>. "The History Place - The Final Solution." The History Place. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2013. <http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/defeat/final-solution.htm>. "Mein Kampf Excerpts." My Struggle. N.p., 2001. Web. 16 May 2013. <http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/kampf.html>. "Final Solution." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 May 2013. Web. 16 May 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Solution>. "Holocaust History." Introduction to the Holocaust. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, May 2012. Web. 28 May 2013. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143>. ________________ [1] "Holocaust History." Introduction to the Holocaust. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, May 2012. Web. 28 May 2013. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143>. [2] Schwartz, Terese Pencak. "Holocaust: Five Million Forgotten: Non Jewish Victims of TheShoah." Five Million Forgotten. N.p., 1997. Web. 13 May 2013. <http://www.remember.org/forgotten>. [3] Jankowski, Jan Moore. "Poland's Holocaust." Poland's Holocaust. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2013. <http://www.pacwashmetrodiv.org/events/holoc04/moor-jankowski.htm>. [4] "Holocaust Timeline." Holocaust Timeline. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n.d. Web. 13 May 2013. <http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/timeline/TEXTLINE.HTM>. [5] Gerhard, Weinberg,. "Rise of Hitler." ThinkQuest. Oracle Foundation, 1999. Web. 13 May 2013. <http://library.thinkquest.org/26742/hitler.html>. [6] "The History Place - The Final Solution." The History Place. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2013. <http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/defeat/final-solution.htm>. [7] Hitler, Adolf, and Ralph Manheim. Mein Kampf,. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1943. Print. [8] Hitler, Adolf, and Ralph Manheim. Mein Kampf,. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1943. Print. [9] "Mein Kampf Excerpts." My Struggle. N.p., 2001. Web. 16 May 2013. <http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/kampf.html>. [10] Woollacott, A. 2012, History: for the the Australian Curriculum,Cambridge,Australia,Melbourne [11] "Final Solution." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 May 2013. Web. 16 May 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Solution>. ...read more.

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