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Hitler - WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE FINIAL SOLUTION?

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WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE FINIAL SOLUTION? Hitler came to power in 1933, and he had many aims but of his foremost aims was to create a pure Aryan race. By this, he aimed to get rid of Germany's criminals, Homosexuals, and his biggest enemy 'Jews'. Hitler absolutely despised the Jews because he thought they were trying to take over the world and he also blamed them for Germanys defeat in the First World War, the treaty of Versailles, the communist revolution in Russia and the great depression in Germany in the 1930s. However getting rid of the Jews etc was not as easy as Hitler had thought and the further he progressed he then was starting to realise that his tactics were not working so himself and his associates came up with a plan to exterminate them. The called this plan the "Final Solution". The first thing Hitler was going to do was to manipulated people through propaganda into believing his anti Semitic ideas. The SA ordered a boycott of Jewish shops. The Jewish businesses were marked with the word Juden or yellow stars. Many of the Jews were sacked from their jobs. All this caused a huge segregation between Jews and Germans on buses on trains and in parks. In 1935 Hitler introduced two laws known as the Nuremburg laws one took away the Jews German citizenship and the other forbade marriages between Jews and non-Jews. In November 1938 a Nazi official was killed by a Jew. Hitler was completely enraged by this and he then ordered Himmler to begin a week of terror for the Jews. This all kicked off on November tenth 1938 with the 'Night of Broken Glass'. Nearly ten thousand Jewish shops had their windows shattered. Many Jewish houses and synagogues were destroyed. Nearly one hundred Jews were killed and thousands were arrested and later torched and killed and this was all because of their culture and Religion. ...read more.

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So the could possibly be exaggerated. Overall I don't think that Source A is a totally reliable representation of life in the Warsaw ghetto because it leaves to many questions unanswered and it only lasts a short time which is not long enough to represent something that went on for years. To get a correct representation of life in the Warsaw ghetto we would require access to a broader range of sources and additional evidence from Jewish people who lived there for example a diary entry. To what extent do sources A, D and E give a full/accurate picture of life in the Warsaw ghetto? Sources A, D and E give a range of information about the Warsaw ghetto. Source A is a video clip from a documentary called "Hitler the criminal" which was shown on the Discovery channel. As this documentary was shown on the Discovery channel we could assume that it was well researched however this information may be biased, as it had to support the title. The documentary contains actual footage of the Warsaw ghetto, which portrays the ghettos as overcrowded, cold and dirty. It shows that the people were starving and we can see that there was no segregation between men and women. The actual video clip conveys that ghettos were unhealthy as it said that they were walled up for fear of an epidemic. It contains a witness account from the Warsaw ghetto she said that being in the ghetto was like being caught in a trap. She also implied that it took someone a long time to die from starvation and that it was a slow torturous death. Although an eyewitness account is usually reliable there is the possibility that the witness may have been affected by hindsight. Source A stated that one hundred thousand people died before the first train to Auschwitz. Source D is an extract from a book called Final journey written by Martin Gilbert. ...read more.

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"The Us Air Force scattered 9 million copies of a leaflet referring specifically to the massive and systematically murder of European Jewry as one of the most terrifying crimes recorded in history. Various leaflets gave concrete details of the extermination centres". This is more facts and figures. Source M 'Die Wesse Rose' ed Inge Scholl, Fischer Verslag (1955). This is a Primary Source it is obviously going to be bias. He talks about everyone not worrying about it they just accept it "Hardly anyone seems to worry about it. The situation is just accepted as such without further debate". He also agrees with source J by saying "and the German nation goes on sleeping its dull stupid sleep, giving these Fascist criminal the boldness and opportunity to storm ahead - and they do" this tells us that he thinks Germans know but they just pretend they don't know. This source agrees with source J. Source N from "The Era of the Second World War " Philips Sauvain (1993) This is from a American serviceman which first brings to mind that its going to be one sided. He says after the war he brought Germans round concentration camps. "When the people saw what the camp was like and were led through the chambers and past the ovens, men and women screamed and fainted. Others were led away crying hysterically". This shows that maybe the Germans outside the camps didn't no or maybe they just didn't realise how bad it was. Source O quoted in "In Hitler's Germany: B Engelmann (1988) this tells us that the Germans new but didn't believe in it they had trusted the Nazis. It tells us that once the Germans seen what happened they were completely shocked "Mother suffered a nervous breakdown. It took her a long time to recover". This disagrees with Source J. After analysing the sources I have come to the conclusion that the German Army didn't care but the German people didn't believe in the rumours at the time and if some of them did they were to afraid because Hitler was too vicious. ...read more.

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