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What is meant by the term final solution? How did the Nazis attempt genocide in the years 1941-45?

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What is meant by the term final solution? How did the Nazis attempt genocide in the years 1941-45? Hitler never liked the Jews because he blamed them for Germany's defeat in WW1, and from the moment he came into power it was inevitable that there was going to be a lot of mistreatment towards the Jews. By 1938 500,000 Jews were either persuaded or forced to leave Germany which was Hitler's aim at the time. Between 1939-45 was the most horrific time for Jews as 6 million Jews including women and children were killed which is now know as genocide this may also be called the Holocaust. What is meant by final solution is that this was Hitler's most devastating plan to get rid of the Jews that wouldn't fail. Some Historians believe that getting rid of the Jews was Hitler's main aim but other Historians believe that Hitler at first had no plan of exterminating all the Jews and that it was because of the results of WW2 and his other aims that he took his anger out on the Jews. ...read more.

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by trucks to a nearby wood, where they would be forced to dig a trench, then the whole community would be shot. Other methods were considered and between 1939-41 the SS had gained experience in gassing mental and disabled people. The Final Solution was systematic as they knew who was going to be killed and when and where it was going to be done, Jews were killed in many different ways such as simply being shot, beaten up or burnt to death. Himmler who was the head of the SS was given the job of organising the Final Solution and he was helped by Heydrich. They sent special groups round rounding up all the Jews to send them to concentration camps. At first Jews were killed by being shot in front of huge pits but this method was to slow so Himmler decided that bigger gas chambers were needed so that they were able to hold about 2,000 people and that cyanide gas would be used. The journey to the camps was quite terrible first they would be taken to the railway stations and crammed into stinking, airless trucks then a bucket would be thrown in to be used as a toilet. ...read more.

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Although the Final Solution was very successful in getting rid of the Jews it was quite a slow process and in the end probably ended up costing Germany the War or at least hindered the war effort this was because they used a lot of men and fuel on this operation. Many of the Nazis who had carried out the Final Solution were arrested and sent to trial. It was said that up to 200,000 Nazis were responsible for the genocide of the Jews and only 35,000 of these were convicted although others have been caught since then. Nearly 6 million Jews had been killed but the Jews weren't the only groups to be murdered, the list of people killed also included political opponents of the Nazis, homosexuals, Jehovah's witnesses, anti social elements, Russian prisoners of war and gypsies. This saw an end of a terrible 6 years for Jews and they could only hope that something like this could never happen again and could hopefully be able to get on with there lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shaun Kennedy ...read more.

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