Adolf Hitler is known as one of the most evil men in modern history. He hated the Jews, disabled, African Americans, Romans, homosexuals, and gypsies. Hitler wanted to convince the Germans that he was their next great leader. Hitler was a strong man, and he gained many followers in Europe with his perfect public speaking skills and his clever politics. After he conquered Europe, his plan was to conquer the world. He wanted to destroy anyone in his way. For him, the people in his way were the Jews. Many of the leaders of the Communist Party were Jews, and Hitler was threatened by their power. The German people were afraid of what might happen if the Jews gained control. In his attempt to gain world power, Hitler imprisoned, tortured, and murdered more than six million Jews. Life before the Holocaust was very nice for many European Jews. Jewish people lived in every country in Europe. There were roughly nine million all together. A majority of the Jews in Eastern Europe lived in Jewish towns or villages called Shtetls. Jews could be found in all kinds of careers, farmers, tailors, teachers, doctors, etc. Many Jewish people spoke Yiddish-German and Hebrew. There were many children who dropped out of school to work, while others continued on to University. As you can see, Jewish people in Europe lived in peace. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power in Germany in the year 1933. Hitler labeled the Jews as unworthy and inferior, and the Holocaust began. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum describes the Holocaust this way: “The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored, persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.” (-United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) In the twelve years that followed, the Nazi regime murdered or exterminated almost two out of every three Jews that lived in Europe. Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June of 1941....
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