Grand Island Senior High School
“The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful Ratification’s of indifference and inaction” said Tim Holden. The holocaust is something worldwide that will never be forgotten and cannot be erased from history. To understand the holocaust learning about Adolf Hitler, Auschwitz, and the Nuremberg Trials would increase your understanding of why this occurred. The horrendous events that took place in the concentration camps should be taught to students worldwide to emphasize the importance of human life and to teach even the periods of time that most civilians try to forget.
The holocaust was a major effect of the country of Germany being handicapped after World War One. The war left Germany in ruins and in desperate need of help. The treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. Its purpose was to demolish whatever was left of Germany after the war. The treaty stated that Germany was to take all blame for the war, and the must pay war reparations. Germany also had to reduce the size of its army and Germany lost its territorial claims. It was during this period of international degradation that the Nazi Party gradually rose to power. Adolf Hitler was the leader of these political parties and gained trust, power and followers through the people of Germany by his amazing speech-giving skills and his way of manipulating civilians. Hitler’s plan was to create the “Final Solution”, which meant he wanted equality for Germans and racial superiority. This included killing centers, gas chambers and a crematorium. People of the Jewish decent were the main target of Adolf Hitler’s inhumane plot, along with gypsies, communists, homosexuals and the mentally and physically retarded. Arriving at the camps, most children, women, physically impaired people and people that seemed unfit for labor were automatically executed upon arrival or sent right to the gas chamber where they were poisoned with carbon monoxide or various other poisonous gases. When they arrived at the camps they were to leave their belongings behind and separate from their families, not knowing that this was the last time they would see their loved ones or what their fate would be. The concentration camps were a place where approximately 6,000 Jewish people and others were killed every day. The prisoners of the camps who were not automatically killed were housed in barracks, which were either brick or wood. They were built to house no more than 40 people, but the Nazi’s placed up to 700 prisoners in 1 barrack at a time. The leaky roofs, straw mattresses lead to non-sanitary conditions. They were not given blankets for warmth and the freezing nights especially during the winters caused many prisoners death. The prisoners were not fed much which led to starvation and diseases and illnesses that come along with that. This led to physical exhaustion and the emotional breakdown of the prisoners which led them to be executed if they could not perform the best. Most people in the camps that were able to work worked 10 or more hours every day.
Although the plan behind what became the genocide of the Jewish population was acted out by more than one person, understanding the life of Adolf Hitler, the master mind behind the killings, will give a better explanation for the crimes that occurred in the camps. Dictator Adolf Hitler was born in Branau am Inn, Austria, on April 20, 1889, and was the fourth of six children. As he grew older, he moved around a lot with his family and developed a rough relationship with his father. His mother also died of breast cancer when he was in his younger years. Adolf Hitler showed traits that characterized his life to come; he could not build relationships in his life, his intolerance for the Jews, and his...
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