Holocaust: Destruction Of The Jewish People

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the Jewish Holocaust; The Nazi regime and its collaborators planned the total destruction of the Jewish people. However, during the Holocaust Jews were not the only targets of discrimination. While allied and axis soldiers fought in battlefields, the Nazis waged a war against unarmed people. They killed Russian prisoners of war, communists, Jehovah’s witnesses, gypsies, homosexuals, Serbs, cripples, the mentally Ill, beggars and they killed Jews, an estimated six million Jews. The Murder of these Jews became known as the Holocaust.
Adolf Hitler was the Nazis leader and he detested Jews. Hitler believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, considered "inferior," were an alien threat to the German racial community. Hitler blamed Jews for the troubles of Germany and felt it was his duty to extinguish every Jew from society. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria on April 20, 1889. In 1913 Adolf Hitler moved to Germany where he enlisted in the German Army. In 1919 Adolf Hitler began his campaign for power in Germany. January 28, 1933 the president of Germany at the time; Paul Von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler to be Chancellor of Germany. Hitler was not satisfied being head of his country’s government. He would be Germany’s absolute ruler, its dictator.
After the Nazi party achieved power in Germany in 1933, its state-sponsored racism produced anti-Jewish legislation, economic boycotts, and the violence of the ‘Kristallnacht’ ("Night of Broken Glass") all of which aimed to systematically isolate Jews from society and drive them out of the country. Nazis persecution of Jews began in 1933. Soon after Hitler came to power, prison camps were set up. Dachau was established as the first concentration camp. Jewish life in Germany deteriorated quickly during 1933, the first year of Nazis rule. Nazis passed new laws, with these new laws Jews lost many of their civil rights. The Nazis controlled what was being published in newspapers, magazines, and books. Meetings were forbidden. People could be arrested and jailed without trial.
Jewish judges and lawyers were shut out of German courts. Jewish doctors could no longer work in certain German hospitals. Jewish bankers and railroad workers were fired. Jewish students couldn’t go to German schools. German schools fired all teachers who were Jewish and burned books wrote by Jewish authors. Nazis rewrote textbooks to teach children to love Hitler and the Nazis. Jews were forced to pay special taxes; they were mistreated, forbidden to own land or to be citizens of certain countries. Jews were required to wear cloth patches identifying them as Jews—white armbands with a Star of David sewn on. Yellow armbands and round yellow patches with the word Jude (Jew) printed in the center. Jews were no longer citizens of Germany. Jews were henceforth forbidden to own gold, jewelry, or any valuables. Jews were not allowed to marry non-Jews. Jews could no longer visit...

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