Genocide is a reality that has ended millions of family trees, changing the course of the future and leaving a massive mark that the human race can never forget. The word genocide was created to describe the mass murdering of the Jewish people along with Slavic, Romanians, Greeks, African-Europeans, homosexuals, and mentally or physically disabled people. This certain genocide was named The Holocaust, or “Sacrifice by Fire” (Holocaust Facts). There are also more recent genocides, like the Rwandan Genocide located in Africa, a land where warlords and murderers control whole countries and kill there people for sport, or their beliefs. But let us focus on the Holocaust, a Genocide where one man and his fellow officers was capable of killing 11 million people with their influence on the German people, all the while fighting a war on two fronts between the Allies, like the British, Canadian, and American forces from the west, and the might of the Soviet Union in the east.
Let’s start from the beginning. During the 1939’s, the segregation of the Jews from the German people was apparent. Germans could not shop at Jewish shops. Jews had to wear a Star of David to show that they were Jewish. If they were to pass German soldiers or any German citizen, they had to step off the sidewalk and take their hats off and wait for them to pass. As things progressed into the 1940’s, and Germany fell into war with the Allies, Jews saw much more punishment. They were put into ghettos and given small portions of food. They had no idea, but the Nazi Party had begun to build camps to isolate the Jews from the German people. These camps turned into murdering facilities, where they gassed, shot, and ultimately almost exterminated an entire religion. 6 million Jews, as well as 5 million non-Jews, where murdered in these camps. However, back at home the demand for clothes and shoes for the German troops were high, and there were not enough workers to meet it. To solve this, Hitler had Concentration Camps set up to where the Jews could perform back breaking labor to meet the supply and war demand. This, by itself, is teetering on the edge of genocide.
As most see it, this is most certainly genocide. The people attacked were attacked in their own homes, beaten on the streets, and hated throughout and entire nation, and let’s not forget that 11 million of them were swiftly murdered solely because of their believes. Seeing the facts given to us, most people do not see how you can say that this is not genocide, but merrily a casualty of World War II.
Let’s look at the perspective of the people that do believe the holocaust is genocide. As you may already know, the Germans were taking Jewish teachers and students from their schools and homes to go to concentration camps. However, they didn't want anyone else figuring out what was really happening at those camps. At an interview with a woman named Helga Weiss, she told her story of how she survived the Holocaust. During the...