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Why did the treatment of the Nazis change from 1939-1945?

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Why did the treatment of the Nazis change from 1939-1945? On January 20th 1942 an important meeting took place where fifteen high-ranking Nazi party and governmental leaders gathered for an important meeting that lasted around 90 minutes. The meeting was known as the wannsee conference and the purpose was to discuss "the final solution". This involved many different strategies to help get rid of the Jews in Europe. After the conference the number of killings in the streets increased, deportation and mass murders escalated within a month of the conference taking place, all centers were ready for murder. The Nazis called their policy by code "Final solution" but the world knows it best as "The Holocaust" The primary reason that the treatment of Jews changed to genocide was the onset of world war two. ...read more.

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In 1941 the Einsatzgruppen moved into Russia behind the German armies to round up and kill Jews. Those picked were ordered to march to the outskirts of the villages, forced to dig their own graves and shot. Women and children were included in these executions. Eastern Europe was the main target for mass murders. The places designed for the Nazis genocide policy included ghettos, concentration camps and death camps. Between 1939-1945 on Hitler's order, eleven million people were killed during the holocaust. Six million were Jews and 1.5 million children. The young were killed first as the Nazis said 'nits breed lice'. Only a few hundred survived the onslaught of the persecution, ghetto's and camps of Nazi-dominated Europe. ...read more.

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Jews were not the only targets although they had a status as the 'main' problem. Nazi's also targeted racially or genetically inferior, asocial, religious groups and political enemies. Therefore there was a wide range of people that experienced discrimination and extermination. The Gypsies, mentally and physically handicapped, homosexuals, infirmed, elderly, terminally ill, academically challenged, poles, Slavs, blacks, nuns, catholic priests, Jehovah Witnesses, Social Democrats, Communists and those who aided the targeted. The holocaust was Hitler and Nazi Germany's war against the Jews, so they were singled out for genocide. Their lives were shattered, ultimately affecting Jews, living dead and unborn. The Holocaust left an imprint of death, suffering, cruel memories and the after shocks are still being felt today. The reality of the Holocaust is the knowledge that all forms of discrimination can lead to genocide. Page 1 of 2 Scott Elliott ...read more.

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