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Why did the Holocaust happen?

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Why did the Holocaust happen? The holocaust occurred from the early 1930s to the mid 1940s. It was the destruction of 8 million Jews, half a million gypsies, 70,000 mentally and physical disabled people and many homosexuals. It was the biggest genocide committed by one leader, this was Adolf Hitler. The Jewish race originated in Mesopotamia, which is now modern day Iraq. In A.D. 73, the Jews failed to win a revolt against the Romans, they had no choice but to flee. After that they came to areas of Europe where Christianity was the main religion. Many Christians held the Jews responsible for the death of Christ. Christians stereotyped the Jews as an evil, money obsessed type of people. As a result of this Christians forbade the Jews from taking part in normal aspects of life such as trading and owning land. But the Jews were allowed to lend money which in Christian eyes was evil therefore encouraging anti-semitism even further. As the centuries passed, the Jewish people lived in loathed minorities. During the 14th century, it was mandatory for Jews to live in ghettos and there were many attacks compiled against the Jews usually in the form of riots. Despite all this the Jews prospered. Then after many years of oppression, the 18th century brought about needed changes to help the Jewish race. ...read more.

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People in high places, including Hitler promoted these ideas. "By defending myself against the Jews, I am fighting for the work of our lord" (Mein Kampf). Once Hitler came to power, first punishment was dealt through smaller things such as stripping the rights of the Jews. Very ludicrous laws such as 'Aryan and non-Aryan children are forbidden to play together.' (1933) were passed. Then came the pogroms, Kristallnacht (Night of broken glass), destruction of 267 synagogues, arrest of 30,000 Jews and lastly the Final Solution. As modern anti-semitism became more widespread, the Nazi party continued to become more popular since these were the ideas they stood for. During the world depression, the Nazis promised jobs for the people, they gained 37.3% of votes in the following election which made them the largest party in the Reichstag. In 1933, Hitler was appointed chancellor by President Hindenburg which gave him the perfect opportunity to seize power. That same year the Reichstag burnt down which Hitler used an excuse to destroy as many of his enemies as he could. From January 1933, he set up concentration camps to tyrannise all opponents of the Nazi policy. The use of propaganda contributed greatly to the brainwashing of the German people, the Nazis had control of all the radio stations, newspapers and posters. ...read more.

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It meant the total extermination of the Jews. First came the Euthanasia campaign, the cold-blooded murder of 70,00 mentally and physically disabled people took place in gas chambers over Germany and Austria. Then came operation Barbarossa. Many Jews had to dig their own grave before they were shot dead. This way of killing proved to be inefficient so Himmler used Zyklon B gas. Hitler ordered the construction of the camps such as Auschwitz and Belsen these were the most notorious death camps, mass murder was committed on a huge scale. One by one, about 8 million Jews were murdered ruthlessly. It was largely due to one man, Adolf Hitler. Was it just because of Adolf Hitler, if not the Nazis, and then maybe some other party led by someone led by some other man would have been there to take Hitler's role. I think that the Hitler was a very good brainwasher of the German peoples since that was the core of the support to racially cleanse Germany. Without the support of the German people, Hitler would not have been able to kill such a vast sum of Jews. The fact that the allies didn't do anything major to prevent the holocaust when they knew about it played a crucial role in the number of dead Jews. If they thought they might have killed some Jews if they bombed the camps, isn't it better to sacrifice a few who would've died anyway to save a vast majority? ...read more.

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