How and Why Did the Holocaust Occur?

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How and Why Did the Holocaust Occur?

The holocaust was a tragic period of history which occurred between 1933 and May 8th 1945. The main reason why this awful slaughter of Jews happened is due to many reasons however, the main reason is down to the fact that Germany had been an anti-Semitic country for a long time even before this happened. Unfortunately, as a result of the average German’s already anti-Semitic views, it meant that when Adolf Hitler made himself chancellor in 1933 and brought along with him his excellent public speaking skills, persuasive ideas and outright racism, many people sided with him as they genuinely believed that the Jewish people were a problem in their societies. The holocaust was mainly down to the fact that Hitler had an ideal human with: white skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. This perfect human evolved from the way in which Hitler thought about the evolution of mankind, he thought that anyone who did not fit these guidelines was inferior and therefore should be wiped out. And so, the genocide of many Jews, Gypsies, blacks, homosexuals and other “inferior” races began. This was to be the largest eugenics project that had ever occurred.

        After this plan was formed, the Jews were stripped off any rights that would define them as human, in 1933 Hitler’s men stood outside of Jewish shops in order to persuade the German public to boycott them. In 1935 anti-Semitic posters rose in Germany saying “Jews not wanted here”, as well as this The Nuremberg Laws made sure that the Jewish were forbidden to vote and that they were no longer allowed to marry Germans. Other laws expressed through the Nuremberg Laws sated that they may not go out at night or own a bicycle. However, the worst of all events concerning Jews to that date was Kristallnacht. Kristallnacht took place on the 9th November 1938, it was a mass destruction of purely Jewish possessions such as their businesses, synagogues and homes and for the first time, Jewish men were put into concentration camps or killed on the spot. After this catastrophic event Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat blaming them for stirring up other countries against Germany and so he promised the Jews that if a war broke out, he would meet the Jews with utter annihilation.

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        And so when the war broke out in 1939 Many Jews were forced to leave their homes in order to live in ghettos where they were forced to work without the possibility of earning any form of wage. In eastern Europe, Nazi Einsatzgruppen rounded up and murdered over a million Jews, they did this by gathering them into a small area and then mercilessly shooting them until there were no survivors. However this process was too expensive and time consuming and so, the Wannsee Conference was called. During this conference, a decision was made for a “Final Solution” to the ...

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