The Holocaust, which took place during World War II, was the state-sponsored killing of six million Jews, half of those being children and teenagers, by the Nazi regime. If you had a distantly related Jewish family member, you were considered a Jew, and therefore you must be killed. Before beginning the war in 1939, the Nazis established concentration camps to imprison Jews, other victims of ethnic and racial hatred, and political opponents of Nazism. During the war years, the Nazis and their collaborators created ghettos, transit camps, and forced-labor camps.
It was no secret that Hitler had talked since the early 20's, in his book Mein Kampf, about the "Jewish question." He fed on the centuries old anti-Semitism in Europe. The Jews were the killers of Jesus, it was thought, and they practiced blood rituals that involve the sacrifice of Christian children. The Jews ...view middle of the document...
History repeats itself often, and racism and prejudice could lead to another Holocaust, but I think it is less likely now. Cultures have become intertwined more than they were in the past, and most are a little more accepting of each other.
There is a huge amount of controversy surrounding the Holocaust. The most popular controversy, or at least what I've read the most about, is the idea that the Holocaust never occurred. There is an equally large amount of written material from people who say that the idea that it never happened is insane. Coming in second with popularity is the belief that the number of victims was extremely exaggerated. More controversy has been over the gas that was used in the gas chambers. People believe that the one gas, Zyklon B, was just a fumigant, so there's no way it could have killed those people. Besides, if it had, the people who were in charge of removing the bodies would have died also.
I tried to come up with reasons why the Holocaust was like anything that happened in the Hindu or Buddhist religions, but I couldn't think of any specific events that were similar. The Holocaust has its own category in history. Maybe Hindus or Buddhists went through some sort of discrimination, or felt left out at some point in time, but they weren't killed in mass amounts.
I picked the Holocaust to do my essay on because it has always interested me. When I did my interview, she was personally affected by it, so that also contributed to the reason why I chose it. I've learned a little about it each year that I've had to learn about World History, and the fact that it affected so many people has always intrigued me. Now I got the chance to get a more in depth look at it. It makes me sad to know that it happened, but I'm glad that everyone has the chance to learn about it, to imagine and feel for those people who went through it.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. http://www.ushmm.org/
The Holocaust History Project. http://www.holocaust-history.org/
The Holocaust Memorial Center. http://www.holocaustcenter.org/