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Breaking The Spirit Of The Jews

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“Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin, meaning “complete burning, sacrifice by fire.” When one hears the word, “Holocaust”, one automatically think of the Jewish exploitation that occurred in 1933-1945. The idea of the Holocaust began when Adolf Hitler became a dictator. He believed that the Jews were going to contaminate his idea of the “perfect race” so he decided to get rid of their population. The Holocaust was a traumatic experience where about 6 million Jews. The Nazis both took away and broke the spirit of the Jews by separating them from the world, denying their religion and anything that would define them as a Jew, controlling their rights and by treating them like non-humans.
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Since the Holocaust was about “deleting” the Jewish race, anything that was sensed to be Jewish would be destroyed, prohibited or taken away like their religion. While isolated in the ghettos, the Jews were forbidden to practice any religious services. The Germans would destroy their books and take away any jewelry or special belongings. Although it was forbidden, Jews still managed to sneak in books and held ceremonies in attics and cellars in private. Even though the Jews were still practicing their religion, it was in private. They know that if they were caught believing and holding ceremonies for their religion, there would be some serious consequences that would follow. This broke down the spirit of the Jews because they were not allowed to believe anymore, everything that was a part of their religion, was a sin to the Germans and they did not have the right to go against what the Germans believed because the Jews opinion were not taken into consideration as they weren’t important. By forbidding the Jews to practice religious services, the Germans managed to break and take away the spirit of the Jews. The Germans were letting them know that what they believed in wasn’t important and it should not be allowed to be practice or taught about.

To break down the spirit of the Jews, Germans took away their rights. When the Nazis occupied territory in the USSR, things changed for the Jews including a limit to their rights. Jews were not allowed to wear anything without a special insignia on their clothes, they were not allowed to walk along the sidewalks, enter the downtown area or use public transportation. They were not allowed to be outside after a certain time and they were not allowed to eat at cafes or restaurants. This broke down the spirit of the Jews because things that they were allowed to do that weren’t privileges but mandatory to have, were being taken away slowly, dehumanizing them. Right are something that people were born with and the Germans were violating the Jews right by taking it away from them and making death a...

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