Year 10 Humanities 2013
Unit 2: World War 2
The Causes of the Holocaust
The Process of the Holocaust
In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe stood at over nine million. Most European Jews lived in countries that Germany would occupy during World War II. By 1945, the Germans killed nearly two out of every three European Jews as part of the Final Solution, the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe. Although Jews, whom the Nazis deemed a priority danger to Germany, were the primary victims of Nazi racism, other victims included 200,000 Gypsies.
The Holocaust destroyed society. This devastating Genocide killed millions of people, left thousands in physical or mental pain, and affected today’s society in such a negative way. More than sixty years on the Jewish population and society still struggle today and can’t come to terms to what the German’s were thinking. Ancestors, Great Grandparents, Grandparents, mums, dads and siblings were all lost in the holocaust.
The Holocaust had a massive impact on the language and culture of Judaism. On the eve of World War II, there were 11 to 13 million Yiddish speakers in the world. The Holocaust, however, led to a dramatic, sudden decline in the use of Yiddish. Around 5 million of the victims of the Holocaust were speakers of Yiddish. Starting with the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, and continuing with the destruction of Yiddish culture in Europe during the remainder of the war, Yiddish language and culture was almost completely abolished out of Europe.
Outcomes and Resolutions
The outcome of the Holocaust was more tragic than most people can even imagine. Of those killed, more than 1.5 million were children. In Nazi Germany, children were useless; if they were too young to work they would be killed. There is no excuse for the death of over 11 million people out of sheer hatred and propaganda, but if the Holocaust teaches us anything, it is that one man can become a...
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