Extermination of the Jewish Race was the singular goal of the holocaust. Argue.

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The extermination of the Jewish race was the singular goal of the Holocaust. Argue.

During the holocaust that took place in Europe between 1941 and 1945, multiple racial groups and minorities were murdered along with the Jews. The extermination of the Jewish race was not the singular goal of the holocaust, but rather a key aspect in Hitler’s plan for an Aryan race in Europe. Hitler developed a culture of nationalism by blaming the Jewish race for many of the problems that Germany faced in the past. Although many races were affected by the holocaust, it is clear that the Jewish race suffered most. The holocaust in its eternity was not just a means of eradicating millions of Jews, but also a method of reforming national pride amongst the German nation.

During the course of the holocaust, various groups of people fell victim to the wrath of the Nazis. Hitler didn’t discriminate against only the Jews, but also the Russians, Poles, blacks, gypsies, Jehovah’s witnesses, homosexuals, mentally ill and disabled people. These groups of people were regarded as “inferior” and were slaughtered alongside the Jews in the numerous concentration camps throughout Europe.  Five of the eleven million people that were murdered in the holocaust were not of Jewish descent, but rather innocent people that belonged to a race deemed inferior. On August 22, 1939, only days before WWII began, Hitler infamously said to his military commanders, “Kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language”. Although a large percentage of Polish residents were of Jewish decent, this quote furthermore demonstrates Hitler’s hatred towards non-Jewish races. On the 14th of July 1933, the Nazis passed new laws in Germany that forced Gypsies, the mentally and physically disabled, African-Germans, and others considered "inferior" or "unfit” to be sterilised.These laws were passed as a symbol of disgust, and illustrated Hitler’s immense repulsion towards all “non-Aryan” races.

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Not only did the holocaust serve as a means to eradicate mass groups of people seen as “unfit” by Hitler, but also as a statement to the rest of the world.  The holocaust showed the world just how successfully the Nazis had managed to convince the German public that certain races of people such as Jews, Russians and Gypsies were worth less than others. In 1933, six years before the start of WWII, Hitler created the ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Joseph Goebbels was appointed as the Minister, and was instructed to expose the public to anti-Semitic ideas, and ...

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