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The Holocaust: A Crime Against Humanity

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The Holocaust is one of the greatest crimes ever committed against humanity. At first, the Nazi’s put pressure on the Jews by forcing them out of high statuses by boycotting their stores, and eventually by physically persecuting them. However, several Jews did emigrate, more so to North America. After the annexation of Austria and the invasion of Poland in 1939, Nazi control eventually spread to Holland, Norway, northern France, and Czechoslovakia; as the Nazi’s power spread, the more executions occurred. Those Jews, who wanted to flee, found it difficult, because several countries refused to take in massive amounts of Jews, including the United States. The Jews were without defenders, and when World War II was declared, they were trapped. Hitler then began to exterminate all European Jews.
Jews in countries under Nazi control, were identified, and forced to wear yellow stars in public, and eventually were deported to concentration camps. When the Jews arrived at these camps, the SS, or whoever was in charge at that camp divided them into two groups. One group consisted of those individuals who were strong enough to work, mainly men, in which either they had to help carry the bodies from the executions to the crematoria or they had to search the bodies of the deceased for any valuables. The second group included mainly women, children, the sick, and the elderly, who were immediately sent to be gassed, or shot in the camp hospital. Upon arriving at these camps in overcrowded trains, they were herded out by strong thuggish guards onto the arrival ramp, where German SS-men and Ukrainian guards forced them to hand over their belongings and their clothes. Most of the individuals thought that they were going to move to the east for better opportunities, better living, and/or more jobs. As a result of this, most of them took the items that were most treasured to them, and then when they arrived some or most put up a little fight when they were told that they had to basically give their lives up to them whether they liked it or not. The deported Jews were selected either for work or for immediate gassing. Men were usually separated from women immediately upon arrival, so as you can tell, families were broken up as well as destroyed. Those men that were immediately chosen to be gassed, was immediately gassed, women however that were chosen, had to have all of their hair cut-off first before immediately being sent to be gassed. There was no hope for anyone, because eventually they were all going to be victims of the random shootings, mass shootings, or gas executions within a few months, so they all sealed their own faiths as soon as they stepped foot on those trains.
Six concentration camps were established between the months of December 1941 and December 1942. Chelmno was the first extermination camp to be established as a part of the Nazi’s effort to exterminate the Jews. This led to the establishment of Belzec, Treblinka, and Sobibor. The Nazi has...

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