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The Holocaust As A Denial Of Individuality

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During the time of January 30, 1933 to May 8, 1945 Millions of Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, Homosexuals, handicapped and others living in Europe were killed for one reason: They were different. This event is know as the Holocaust, one of the worst genocides in human history. Webster's defines individuality as "The qualities and characteristics that distinguish one person or thing from others; character". This essay will examine how many European Jews and others were denied their individuality in the 1930's and 1940's Nazi Germany, the consequences of it, and a possible remedy of the situation.The Holocaust was almost the complete destruction of Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II. The leadership of Germany's Nazi Party ordered the extermination of approximately 5.6 million to 5.9 million Jews along with other religions, races, and other characteristics. Jews were not the only victims of the Nazis during World War II. The Nazis also imprisoned and killed people who opposed their regime on grounds of ideology, Roma (Gypsies), Germans who were mentally impaired or physically disabled, homosexuals, and captured Soviet soldiers. Hitler's goal during the Holocaust was to create his "super" race of Aryans with blonde hair and blue eyes, so to do so he would kill anyone not fitting his description as a "pure German". Anyone of the Jewish faith in Germany at the time had to wear a yellow star of David on a piece of their clothing at all times so that they were visible to everyone else, this way the Nazis could "keep track" of the Jews. Also, many who were of a different race or religion or ideology were rounded up and put in a concentration camps, a group barracks, huts, or tents, surrounded by watchtowers and barbed wire.The main consequences of the Holocaust are obvious; the deaths of millions and million of people. Approximately six million Jews were killed, along with millions of Slavs and Poles, hundreds of thousands of Gypsies, and several thousand handicapped and homosexuals. Any person who tried to oppose the Nazi regime was also slaughtered. The consequences can be seen today in WWII veterans and memorials across the U.S., Britain, Russia, and all the other allied countries. Veterans and deceased soldiers who served in WWII all did so to stop the holocaust. Ruins, concentration camps, and battlefields...

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