Wwii Essay

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Wwii Essay

By | Jan. 2013
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“Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims”1. A brief statement presented by, Nobel Peace Prize winner2 and holocaust survivor3, Elie Wiesel. This statement signifies the horrors of World War Two, essentially how everybody was targeted and victimized by the Nazis, during the holocaust. The Jews was discriminated, solely based on the fact that they were of Jewish race. It is undeniable that the holocaust contained the darkest days of human history, as racism, mass murder and psychological warfare plagued the world. As everyone faced the iron fist of the Nazis as they eliminated people with opposing ideologies as Hitler. It is undeniable that World War II and the more importantly the Holocaust stemmed from Hitler’s corrupted prejudice views on the Jewish people. Shortly following the events of World War I, when Hitler was imprisoned in 1924, Hitler wrote the book titled “Mein Kampf” which translates into “My Struggle” in English. This book is debated upon being the most racist novel, due to its anti-Semitic themes. This clearly indicates that Hitler was a racist individual against the Jewish heritage. Moreover anti-Semitism also stems into pro-Aryan ideologies. The term “Aryan” was used in the early twentieth century to describe a Caucasian who did associate him/herself with Judaism4. In addition Hitler became the Führer (equivalent to the President in United States of America or the Prime Minister in Canada) in 19345. Gradually anti-Semitic thoughts of Hitler plagued Germany’s population through the education system. Students were being taught how Aryan they were by comparing themselves to posters indicating Aryan facial features. As a result from all the anti-Semitic ideas, a legend named “Dolchstoß” which translated into “stabbed in the back”, was a myth that was started by a World War I Field Marshal ,Paul von Hindenburg6, was becoming increasingly popular. Paul von Hindenburg stated “The German army was undefeated, 'stabbed in the back' by the Home...