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Holocaust Essay

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Twelve years of misery, pain, and suffering, more than six million Jewish people dead, and millions more with haunted memories. In 1933, Adolf Hitler, a Nazi Party leader, became chancellor of Germany. Hitler passed an Anti-Jewish law three months after his election. This law caused millions of German Jews to be moved to concentration camps. Germany then began to invade other countries and sending the Jews that lived there to concentration camps. Eventually Germany would invade Poland starting the Second World War. The Allied Forces, the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union, were against Germany, Italy, and Japan. Many Jewish people were sent on this horrible journey and faced life ...view middle of the document...

When they arrived at Westerbork, the Jews were treated well. They received good food, entertainment, and exercise. Many Jews hoped they could stay, but many of them were transported to other camps. One of the most dreaded was Auschwitz.
Most Jews when traveling to places like Auschwitz were but on freight trains. The conditions on these trains were really unsanitary for the passengers. From Westerbork to Auschwitz was three days trip and the passengers were all stuffed fifty to a car. The Jews on these trains weren’t fed. Because of the number per car the passengers couldn’t lie down. There was no bathroom in the train cars so the Jews sat in their own waste for the three day trip. When they arrived at Auschwitz, they were marched in front of big, blinding spotlights. The Nazi officers offered a “Red Cross” truck for those who couldn’t or didn’t want to walk to the camp. The people who boarded these trucks didn’t know that all that boarded would be driven to their deaths. The remaining people were separated by their gender and marched to their designated side of the camp. After the hike, the Jews were assigned to their barracks. The beds in the barracks had no bedding or mattress, and they often had three to five people per same slot. The weather often caused the barracks to be cold and the no bedding the residents were often sick and freezing. Auschwitz had little food and water from its prisoners. To keep their mind of food prisoners would often form support groups where they would talk about their favorite things from before the concentration camps like music or movies. The groups were the key to many of the Jews’ survival. Auschwitz was the end for many Jews. Choking on poisonous gases was one of the many ways prisoners died at Auschwitz. Gas Chambers were the death sentence used most often. Crematoriums, another form of death, are where Jews would be burnt alive. If Jews didn’t die because of these, they died by starved to death. Jews who died in the barracks or around them were often thrown into mass graves or body piles. Mass graves were giant holes where hundreds of bodies were thrown; all were left to rot in a giant unmarked grave. Inspections were where Jews would line up naked while doctors checked...

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