• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why did the Holocaust happen?

Extracts from this document...


The Holocaust took place for a number of reasons some of which were long term and others short term. The main reasons are; for centuries Germany had been an anti-Semitic country Jews were used as scapegoats for German problems. Also centuries of Nazi persecution caused the Holocaust in particular 1933 -1939 as well as Adolf Hitler and his racist views which influenced thousands of Germans. The Main reason for the holocaust happening was that Germany had been anti-Semitic for many centuries, and during those centuries the anti-Semitism had gradually got worse. Therefore because this was becoming a racial war, this was an opportunity for Germany to 'cleanse' itself of Jews like it should have done centuries ago. With Hitler being Anti-Semitic and a strong leader for the Nazi party, Anti-Semitism was influencing the minds of ordinary German civilians. Adolf Hitler had previously been in prison before he became ruler of Germany in his second attempt. During the time he was in prison, he wrote a book called 'Mien Kamph' his book was incredibly racist and anti -Semitic, Hitler expressed his hatred for the Jews and influenced his readers into hating these 'impure' people. ...read more.


Thirdly I would like to add that there had been centuries of persecution from the Nazis in particular; 1933-1939. In 1933 when Adolf Hitler cam to power he immediately began discriminating Jewish people. They were banned from working in public places such as broadcasting and teaching. Moreover also in the year of 1933, the first major act of discrimination was the Boycotting of all Jewish shops and workplaces; they were discriminated and identified with the Jewish Star of David. Then in 1935, all German Jews and other Jews had their citizenship taken away from them; they were to be regarded as their own race, an impure race that was not to be mixed with any others such as Germany. Jews were forbidden to marry or have any relationships between 'pure' Germans. Any jobs that were applied for by Jews they were refused and rejected. On April the 7th 1933 In Germany the non - Aryans were banned from practicing law and working in the civil services. Later they were to ban from a variety of professions including farming, art, literature, journalism, music and theatre. Between 1933-1939 over 1400 anti- Jewish laws were passed and enforced in Germany. ...read more.


Adolf Hitler promised to deal with the 'treaty of Versailles'. Hitler's anti - Semitism helped him into power in 1939, which was the second attempt to come to power from the last time when he had been arrested and escorted to prison. Adolf Hitler and his followers and selected leaders for the Nazi party contributed towards the setting up of the concentration camps and soon enough the ghettos where the Jews were imprisoned and walled off from the city. The harsh death causing conditions of the ghettos. Diseases were spread; children were forced through walls, beaten to death. Shootings carried out by the SS. Hitler was in many cases what led to the Holocaust. In conclusion, these were the main reasons for the Holocaust taking place. However I think that definitely the foremost important reason for the Holocaust ever happening was centuries of Europe being anti - Semitic. Despite the fact Adolf Hitler is very responsible for in which the ways he convinced so many Germans into hating these 'impure' innocent people, he was not entirely at fault for the holocaust happening. He was influenced very much by other anti - Semitic leaders, there could have possibly been another leader and public speaker who could have for filled the role that he did for the Holocaust. By Julia Day ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. Describe how Jews were persecuted in the twentieth century before the Holocaust.

    Anti-Semitic laws were now being put into practise. Jews were gradually being deprived of their rights in Germany, but no one really saw what was happening. Things were so gradual, that even the Jewish people just thought, "Oh well, it doesn't matter.

  2. Who was responsible for the Holocaust?

    they thought the Fuhrer wanted, as perhaps was the case in 1938 when Gobbels is thought to have initiated Kristallnacht in order to please the Fuhrer. Within the Third Reich Hitler was surrounded by men who carried out his wishes.

  1. Why did the Holocaust Happen?

    "while we remain poor and they suck the marrow from our bones" and "the effect is like that of a vampire" Despite this, I still believe source 3 to be more credible in explaining the anti-Semitism because Hitler's views were far more likely to influence the German public than a man who has been dead nearly 500 years.

  2. How and why did the holocaust happen?

    This incident was the start of the violent turn of events leading to the death of 6million Jews in camps such as Auschwitz. During kristallnacht, 7500 Jewish shops were destroyed, 400 synagogues were burnt, 91 Jews killed and 20,000 sent to concentration camps.

  1. How far were the German people responsible for the Holocaust?

    major agent that added to the somewhat devastating state of Nazi Germany in 1939. When Hitler took over Austria in 1938 he acquired a large number of extra Jews in addition to the German Jews that he was already persecuting.

  2. Describe how Jews were discriminated against in Germany from 1933 to 1939

    Jews were excluded from participation in the German political and cultural life. This meant that if the Jews had opposed the persecution, they would not be very efficient as they would not get any political support. Severe hardships were also inflicted on Jews in their daily life (e.g.

  1. The responsibility of the Holocaust can always be argued. It is not as simple ...

    The SS still played a crucial role. Himmler directly used the available SS resources to construct Death camps and create the annihilation squad, Einsatzgruppen, which committed most of the murders in the USSR. The SS were not affected by the brutality of the killings driven by the belief that they were performing their duties.

  2. What was the main cause of Kristallnacht?

    It does not say anything about the spontaneity of the event. The source is totally unreliable. For three reasons: Hitler was the original person who said these words, who is extremely biased in favour of his own party because he wanted to make them look good to win support; the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work