The Holocaust: The Genocide of the Jewish Race (1933-1945)
"That is my major preoccupation memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it." (Wiesel, Elie). The Holocaust has synthesized uncountable horrors in the minds of those discriminated against as well as challenge the rest of the world to envision the torture, heartbreak, and ultimately death of its victims.
In 1933, the Treaty of Versailles left Germany in shambles. It was humiliating to the government to accept total responsibility for the lives of millions. Not only was their pride demolished, but Germany was sentenced to pay for the entire war. Germany 's economy plunged into an abyss. Much of Germany 's population was struggling to put food on their tables and roofs over their heads. Many turned to Darwin 's philosophy of "only the strong survive" and the "kill or be killed" mentality kicked in.
Germany was longing for a united nation with a stable economy. The Nazi party, lead by Adolf Hitler, came to power. "And then there is another fundamental error: they have never got it clear in their own minds that there is a difference or how great a difference there is between the conception 'national' and the word 'dynastic' or 'monarchistic.' They do not understand that today it is more than ever necessary in our thoughts as Nationalists to avoid anything which might perhaps cause the individual to think that the National Idea was identical with petty everyday political views. They ought day by day to din into the ears of the masses: 'We want to bury all the petty differences and to bring out into the light the big things, the things we have in common which bind us to one another. That should weld and fuse together those who have still a German heart and a love for their people in the fight against the common hereditary foe of all Aryans. How afterward we divide up this State, friends - we have no wish to dispute over that! The form of a...
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