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The Holocaust

Throughout history the Jewish people have been scapegoats; whenever something was not going right they were the ones to blame. From Biblical times through to the Shakespearean Era, all the way to the Middle East Crisis and the creation of Israel, the Jews have been persecuted and blamed for the problems of the world. The most horrifying account of Jewish persecution is the holocaust, which took place in Europe from 1933 to 1945 when Adolf Hitler tried to eliminate all the people that he thought were inferior to the Germans, namely the Jews, because he wanted a pure Aryan State.

In January of 1933, Adolf Hitler, who was part of the Right Wing National Socialist German Workers Party or Nazis, became Chancellor of Germany. Chancellor was the highest and most powerful position in all of Germany, and this gave Hitler the control of everything and everyone in Germany, after that nothing would ever be the same. Hitler wanted a pure Aryan State, a country that had a superior race to the rest of the world. This meant that he would have to kill all of the people who stood in the way of his purification. This was called a cleansing of Germany. Hitler had most of the Jews, Romani (Gypsies), Poles, Slavs, homosexuals, the anti-social, communists, socialists, trade unionists, Jehovah Witnesses, and the mentally and physically handicapped people whom were holding back the advancement of the Aryan's executed, this was called 'Aryanization'.

Knowing who was and who was not a Jew was one of the problems that faced the Germans at beginning of the Holocaust. You were considered a Jew if you had three or four Jewish grandparents who were Jews, even if you weren't a part of the Jewish community. You were known as a Mishlinge or half-breed if you had one Jewish grandparent, and you were considered a half-Jew if you were part of the Jewish community or married to a Jew. All these people were known collectively as 'non-Aryans.'

People often wonder why no one put a stop to the elimination of the Jewish people; but most people did not know what happened in Germany and the rest of Europe until the end of the war. If they did know about it they chose not to believe that it existed and thought that it was only a bunch of lies. Aryan's knew that if they tried to help or stop the Nazis that they would be next to be sent to the concentration camps. Most of the world was oblivious to the persecution of the Jews. It was the fact that the people who knew about it chose to ignore it because it seemed untrue that anyone that was created by God could do anything so inhumane. In an interview with Margaret Moore, who was in her twenties and living in Canada during WW II, she recalled not hearing about the Holocaust until after the war was over and the camps had already been liberated. This could have been because of the lack of media involvement; unlike today or it could be that our government chose to ignore a problem that had affected billions of people in the world. It is a known fact that many people did not have clue what was going on in Germany and her Third Reich.

Many Jews started to flee Germany and were immigrating to other countries. Many countries did not want all the refugees so they put restrictions on the number of refugees that they let in. If the countries had been more receptive to the refugees fleeing Germany there would not have been such a large number of people killed and the Holocaust might never have happened. Yet if some people did not open their homes and hearts to some of the Jewish families, Hitler's dream would have been realised and the Jews of Europe and then perhaps the world, would have been wiped out.

One of the first steps of 'cleansing' was the mass murder of many Jews who were falsely considered insane. They would disguise gas chambers as showers and tell the Jews that they were to take their clothes off and get ready to have a shower so that they could get cleaned up for when they saw the doctor. What they did not know was they would never get to see the doctor but that they would be gassed and sent to their death.

Hitler came up with a more efficient way of killing off the weak and the people that were of no use to him without causing a major stir among watching countries:

'Dr. [Hermann] Pfannmuller approached one of the fifteen cots which flanked the central passage to the right and left 'We have here children aged from one to five,' he pontificated. 'All these creatures represent for me a National Socialist [Nazi] 'living burdens'' a burden for our nation'. In this sense, the Fuhrer's [Hitler] action to free the national community from this overburdening is quiet simply a national deed, whose greatness non-medical men will be able to assess after a period of years if not decades. We do not carry out the action with poison, injections, or other measures which can be recognised...for then the foreign press and certain circles in Paris or London would only have new opportunities for propaganda against us'. No, our method is much simpler.' With these words he pulled a child out of his cot. While his fat, gross man display the whimpering skeletal little person like a hare which he had just caught, he coolly remarked: 'Naturally we don't stop their food straight away. That would cause too much fuss. We gradually reduce their portions. Nature then takes care of the rest'. This one won't last more than two or three days.'(Lace, 1998, page 12)

This just goes to show how inhuman and disgusting the Germans really were. They were always scheming and thinking of every possible angle to cover, from what people in France and Britain were thinking all the way down to what the people on their way to death were thinking. They would often get people to write post cards to their families to tell them that ...

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