Nazi Germany Essay

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Nazi Germany was plagued with nearly a decade or more of arrests, imprisonments, executions, and concentration camps. German citizens lost all their civic rights and a wave of Anti-Semitism swept through the country. The justice system lost all fairness; judges and courts acted in interest of Nazism as well. All Jews who were judges were dismissed. Germany became a police state since they had absolute and arbitrary authority over citizens. The concentration camps housed political offenders or potential opponents. The camps were a mechanism of fear to control the masses. But they soon became a readily available place to get rid of the “undesirable” people (i.e. Jews). These camps were institutes of death, the occupants of the camps were either subjected to various forms of torture, starvation, brutality, and “medical research” which was freezing, sterilizing, and other horrendous acts.

The Jews were persecuted since the time the Nazis came to power in 1933; they were excluded from many employment opportunities, as well as from common places such as the grocery stores or theaters. To make things more horrid 7,500,000 foreign workers both male or female had slave labor forced upon them. The German Commanders left the slave laborers in appalling conditions. SS Chief Himmler told his staff “ Whether nations live in prosperity or starve to death interests me only in so far as we need them as slaves for our ‘Kultur’. Whether ten thousand Russian females fall down from exhaustion while digging an anti tank ditch interests me only in so far as the antitank ditch for Germany is finished”. The Nazi’s propaganda accused Jews and Gypsies for the problems plaguing their country, so Hitler issued the order for “the final solution of the Jewish question.”

This meant that Jews as a people were going to be utterly annihilated, this atrocity had no name for it and was named genocide, or murder of a whole race. The only concern the Nazi’s had was how to kill them easily and in the least amount of time. They decided upon gassing them with hydrogen cyanide or its other form Zyklon B. In total 2,500,000 people were executed at Auschwitz alone, in addition to that another 500,000 died from starvation, disease and neglect, and this was just the amount at one camp. The camps were places not only where Jews were murdered in cold blood, the leveling of the Warsaw Ghetto was yet another place, but by the end of the war nearly 6,000,000 Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. Gassing was not the only manner in which Hitler used to raise the death toll, poison enemas were used in Nazi hospitals to kill mentally and physically impaired patients who were unable to drink the lethal potions.

You have to wonder who allowed such a thing to have happened to those 6,000,000 Jews. They did nothing wrong they were law biding citizens who were trying to make a living just like anyone of their fellow citizens. Could it be those other citizens that the blame could be...

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