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The Holocaust was one of the twentieth century's greatest tragedies that were made possible by anti-Semitism, the indifference of other nations, isolationism politics, and outright fear. Mrs. Arana/ Period 3

Miranda Ruiz
5/16/11

The road to the creation of the Holocaust started with one man. Adolf Hitler. Although thousands of people agreed with anti-Semitism at the time he was the one who started to take his thoughts into actions. After World War 1, German was in great poverty, unemployment and starvation. And the one group of people to blame were the Jewish people. Christians have been angry at the Jewish people ever since they killed Christ, and Adolf Hitler thought of this idea to eliminate the Jewish people once and for all. The holocaust was a struggle for Jewish people all over Europe. The mass killings and everyday torture became part of many adults and children’s lives, along with the starvation, disease, and harsh treatment. When Jewish people were taken from their ghettos, they were immediately moved to either concentration camps or death camps, which are the only types of camps during the Holocaust. Concentration camps were more like labor camps, were prisoners became hard laborers and were given very little to eat. Everyone in concentration camps also dressed with the same stripped jump suit and were forced to wear a band around their arm to indicated the part of the camp they were from. Death camps were set up specifically for mass murder. The Jewish people who were deported to death camps were either shot or were gassed, which is the process of breathing poisonous gases. Millions of Jewish people were slaughter and tortured during the period of 12 years, the Jewish people did not deserve this bad treatment and horrible experience. The Holocaust was one of the twentieth century's greatest tragedies that were made possible by anti-Semitism, the terror of other nations, isolationism politics, and outright fear. “The word anti-Semitism means prejudice against or hatred of Jews” (“Anti-Semitism”). This is the word that started it all. Anti-Semitism. It is widely known around the world. In the early twentieth century most of Germany knew this word and agreed with the commonly known term because of Adolf Hitler. Strict limits were placed on what Jewish people could and could not do. At one point in time Jewish people could not be doctors, lawyers or teachers of non-Jews. They were also not permitted to sell food to Christians or hire Christians to work for them. And countless other things. They were also forced to were a special article of clothing or a cloth badge so people would know they were Jewish and try to avoid them (Rogasky 12). This was all harsh and unfair treatment that Jewish communities did not deserve, all Jewish people were blamed for killing Christ but after so many hundreds of years it was not the same people that killed him. They were simply people who believed in the same religions as the men who killed Christ. Those people might have even believed that it was completely and utterly wrong to have killed Christ. It was not Jewish people’s fault that someone of their religion killed Christ. The earliest form of anti-Semitism recorded was in the medieval times, according to Seymour Rossel, Jewish people were forced to live gathered in small groups around a synagogue. Then in 1516 the Catholic Church ordered that walls be built around each Jewish quarter. The people of Venice named this place a ghetto, then ghettos started rapidly appearing throughout Europe. And Jewish people were forced to wear badges on their clothing to show they were Jewish (Hitler also used this idea). In few countries in Europe there were minimal ghettos, but instead there were shtetls. Which are small private towns specifically for Jewish people. They were controlled by the government but the shtetls had the same effects of a ghetto: to single out the Jewish people. The purpose of all this was to try to convert...
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