The Native American Holocaust
The Jewish Holocaust is recognized as Hitler’s attempt to demoralize, isolate and dehumanize the Jews. His attempt to eradicate the Jewish people through mass murder and concentration camps was known as genocide. Similarly to the concentration camps that Hitler had during World War II, Americans had prison camps for Native Americans in the mid-1800s. In fact, when asked by his trusted advisers, Hitler said that he admired Andrew Jackson for his efficiency in eradicating the Native Americans. The practice of turning the Jews against each other in the concentration camps actually started with the Americans using the tactic on the Native Americans in the prison camps. In addition, Native Americans were given a number when they entered the reservations and were only recognized by that number by the government. However, reservation would not be the correct term since the Native Americans were not allowed to leave. Many believed that total annihilation of the Native Americans was the only way to resolve the conflict with them. Similarly, many German citizens believed that total eradication of the Jews was the only way to make their society pure. At one point during the American extermination, the act of killing Native Americans in cold blood was actually rewarded. The Germans were not the first to come up with the idea of genocide, nor were they the first to implement a Holocaust as a method of eradicating an unwanted race. That plan was though up many generations before by the Americans.
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