How the Holocaust Contributed to the Tragedy of War

Topics: Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, Auschwitz concentration camp Pages: 3 (1105 words) Published: June 4, 2008
Tragedy, defined as “a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster,” ( was prominent between 1939 and 1945. An alternate definition, “a disastrous event, especially one involving distressing loss or injury to life,” was also prominent during these 6 long years, due to the Holocaust’s estimated death toll being that of 9 to 11 million. The Holocaust, (Holocaust derived from the Greek word “holos,” meaning completely, and “kaustos,” meaning burnt), refers to Germany’s NAZI (National Socialist political party) regimes deliberate extermination of 9 to 11 million Jews, Poles, Slavs, Soviet POW’s, Romans, physically disabled people, mentally ill people, gay men, Freemasons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and political activists. Germany’s NAZI regime came into power early 1933 and the persecution of the 525,000 Jews residing in Germany began immediately. In the latter portions of 1933, laws were passed that forbid Jews from being part of the Civil Service, laws that banned Jews from being physicians, lawyers, and musicians, laws that banned Jews from owning farms, or taking part in agriculture, and laws that caused Jews to be excluded from schools and universities, from belonging to the Journalist’s Association, and from being newspaper editors. In 1935, more laws, called the Nuremburg laws, were passed, that caused German Jews to be deprived of their citizenship and their civil rights. Many say that the Holocaust begin in the latter portions of 1938, (November 9, to be exact), during “The night of Broken Glass” or “Kristallnacht.” During this night, Jews were attacked and Jewish property was vandalized across Germany, which resulted in the death of approximately 100 Jews and 30,000 Jews being sent to concentration camps, 7,000 Jewish shops and 1,668 synagogues damaged or destroyed. A concentration camp is defined as “a camp where civilians, enemy aliens, political prisoners, and sometimes...
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