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The Nazi Regime And The Holocaust

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We study the Holocaust so we can rememeber the people that were discriminated against, tortured, and killed by the Nazi Regime of Germany in the concentration camps. We study the Holocaust so we can recognize the insanity of Adolf Hitler, so we may stop it if it ever rises again. According to Edmund Burk, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". This is exactly how it happened the first time; the Holocaust happened because nobody stopped it. We have to make sure it never happens again.

Adolf Hitler started as a mere soldier fighting for Germany (even though he was Austrian) in World War I. Hitler was blinded by a mustard gas attack in the war, and he ...view middle of the document...

The Nuremburg laws soon expanded into something greater, creating an entire list of people that Hitler found undesirable. Jews, people of color, homosexuals, and communists were only a few of the groups the Nazis targeted. The Nazis believed in a superior race of humans they called Aryans. Hitler blamed the undesirables for Germany's weakness, and thought that if the undesirables no longer existed, the human race would be perfect. To be Aryan a person must have blond hair, blue eyes, fair skin, and German blood. After the begining of the Nuremburg Laws, Hitler started moving the undesirable groups into ghettos and slums.

In 1939 Hitler invaded Poland, which would be the first of many countries Germany conquer and control. After the cpature of Poland, The Nazi Party began sending the undesirables to camps known as concentration camps. There were main types of camps: Labor camps, transition camps, and death camps. In death camps, people were killed in large numbers by the Nazis using gas chmabers. Most of the camps were deadly and torturous. The Nazi's would do horrible experiments on people in the death camps, calling them medical experiments. One Nazi scientist who is most rekowned for his cruel and sadistic ways was named Dr. Josef Mengele, who did many evil things to the people in his camp, often selecting children. He eventually recieved the nickname "The Angel of Death" by the prisoners of the camp he worked in.

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