It all started almost 80 years ago and the history of it will never be forgotten. The Holocaust was the mass murder of approximately six million Jews that took place during World War II. There were nine million Jews who lived in Europe before the Holocaust, that means approximately two-thirds of them were killed. There were over one million Jewish children that were killed in the Holocaust, and there were almost two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men were also killed in the Holocaust. The Holocaust was controlled by a man named Adolf Hitler and his army of men who helped him. They were called the National Socialist German Workers, also known as “The Nazi Party” for short.
The Nazis used a phrase called “The Final Solution” to the Jewish Question. This phrase was used as a term for the killings of the Jews. They would often use the German term “lebensunwertes Leben" in reference to the Jews and other victims they killed. The term they used meant “Life unworthy of life” meaning they didn’t feel like their victims were worthy enough of living and this is how they justified themselves of killing so many people. They would take all their victims and put them in Extermination camps (also known as death camps).
The purposes of the camps were to kill millions of people by execution (mostly by gassing) and for people to work long and hard hours under starvation conditions. The Nazi were literally trying to wipe out the entire Jewish race. They didn’t even expect most of prisoners taken to the Belzec, Sobibor or Treblinka extermination camps to survive more than a few hours beyond arrival. They would use gas vans and the gas chambers to produce poison and carbon monoxide exhaust fumes. They were made use at the Chelmno extermination camp, before they were being used anywhere else.
I always wondered “Why did the holocaust even take place?” “Why kill almost 6 million people and try to wipe out the entire Jewish race?” “Why put them in Concentration camps and make them suffer the way that they did?” Let me take it back to the beginning.
As I was doing research on my topic, I found out that before the war, Jewish life in Europe was going pretty good. Most of them lived in the eastern part of Europe, places like Poland, the Soviet Union, Hungary, and Romania. They basically kept to themselves and lived a separate life as a minority within the culture of the majority. They spoke their own language, which was basically a combination of German and Hebrew. This language was called Yiddish. They read Yiddish books, and attended Yiddish schools, theaters, and movies. Then there were the Jews on the western part of Europe, the smaller group. They lived in places like Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium. They weren’t really taught to live a traditional life and to be a part of the Yiddish culture. They dressed and talked like their countrymen. Jews were just like you and me. They were your everyday...