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My History Essay In 1933 Germany had a Jewish Population of 566,000 during this year Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor. Thousands of witnesses, including camp guards and functionaries as well as those interred at the camps testified to what happened. Tens of thousands of pages of documents detailed the running of the camps. Thousands of still pictures, hours of film showing the camps in operation. Testimony of the Allied troops who liberated the camps. Many of the camps still stand and have been extensively researched by historians. * The mass murder, which wiped out two-thirds of all European Jews, was called the 'Final Solution' by the Nazis * Jews, gipsies, homosexuals, communists, Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, Jehovah's Witnesses and underground resistance fighters were all sent to concentration camps * There were 39 camps in total * The most deaths occurred at Treblinka, Warsaw and Sobibor in Poland, Mauthausen-Gusen in Austria, Auschwitz in Poland and Belsen, Buchenwald and Dachau in Germany * Between December 1941 and the end of 1944, more ...read more.

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* Due to a series of events, Hitler assumed dictatorial powers in March 23, 1933 when the Enabling Act was passed. With total power available to him, he quickly developed a sophisticated police and military force and used them to squelch anyone who criticized his authority. From this authority stemmed the first concentation camp, Dachau, just outside of Munich which started as a political prison camp but evolved over time into a full scale Nazi concentration camp to exterminate Jews and others. * By the end of 1934, Hiter's campaign against the Jews was in full force. The Nazis weere claiming them to be mongrels who were corrupting the pure German race and persecutions of the Jewish grew in strength. Those who could, fled Germany to other European countries which gave them safety for a while. * The next major event that led towards the widescale destruction of the Jews was the Meeting in July of 1938 where representatives of 32 countries met in the French town of Evian to discuss the ...read more.

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* From this point, the Germans worked on more and more efficient ways to liquidate the undesirables by bringing them to death camps to systematically kill them and recycle any valuables for the war effort. And in this instance, a valuable was a healthy person - so the Germans would work the prisoners until they had no more energy to produce and then kill them. In effect, that had millions of slaves being forced to work to death to help the Germans in their war efforts. * This atrocity continued to the end of the war - with liberation not happening until July 1944 and later. In July 1944, the Soviet Union liberatated Maidanek concentration camp and then in January 1945 - Auschwitz concentration camp and so on until Nazi Germany was totally defeated and all peoples were freed. * All told, there were only about 200,000 Jewish survivors by the end of the liberation and the death counts from the holocaust were estimated to be around 6 million Jews and millions of other people who did not fit the Aryan mold. * ...read more.

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