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Rwanda vs Holocaust

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Did the events in Rwanda constitute a second holocaust? By Victoria Bond Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days. Most of the dead were Tutsis and most of those who took part in the killing were the Hutus. For many, the Rwandan Genocide stands out as historically significant. Not only because of the sheer number of people that were murdered in such a short period of time, but also because of the way many countries responded to the event. However, the Jewish Holocaust has its similarities and differences to the genocide. Similarities being the large amount of Jews killed which was ranged between 5 million and 7 million, and the differences were that the Jews were kept in a camp where as in Rwanda they just killed anyone who got in their way even their own tribe. ...read more.

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Hitler was very aggressive and the Holocaust was the final solution to killing the Jews. At first the concentration camps were put into order but Hitler decided that it wasn't killing the Jews fast enough so they decided to make special ways to kill them more quickly. The method which was used was after segregating the Jews and placing them in concentration camps they would gas them. This worked better and didn't take very long to put into action. The Victims of the Rwandan genocide were Tutsis; however most of the people killed were names which the Hutus had got from other Hutus. When the slaughtering begun the Hutus killed anyone who got in their way, even if the people they execute were people in their own ethnic group. ...read more.

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In Rwanda the Hutus blamed the Tutsis for their problems in Rwanda, which was just like the Nazis blamed the Jews for the problems in Germany. The Tutsis and Jews were kept in big numbers which made the murder easier for the Hutus and Germans to make the statistics for death higher. However, the different ways they killed people are very different, the Hutus killed the Tutsis by torturing them and raping them then murdering them where as the Germans just left the Jews to starve or gassing them. An estimated two million Hutus fled to Zaire (which is no the Democratic Republic of Congo and about 500 people have been sentenced to death and another 100 000 are still in prison. Although with the Germans and Jews no one was punished for their actions. ...read more.

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