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Human Rights Violation: The Holocaust

The Holocaust was one of the worst and most horrific events that took place in world history, the largest attempted genocide ever. The Jewish Holocaust has to be one of the largest events that has ever violated human rights. The Holocaust began in 1933 with Adolf Hitler leading the anti-Jew campaign which ultimately led to the torture and murder of over six million Jews in Germany. Hitler’s campaign not only affected the Jews but others would be labeled as “undesirable” as well. Gypsies and homosexuals as well as political and religious opposition would also be eliminated. The Holocaust is taught as a mass genocide of the Jews, but more than five million others would undergo persecution, torture, tattooing and murder. The events that took place during the Holocaust were a definite violation of human rights and social injustice. Adolf Hitler rose to power as dictator of Germany during a time when Germany was experiencing severe economic hardship. He promised the Jews that he would bring them through this rough time. Adolf Hitler was a wise politician and an excellent organizer (Landau 5). With the German defeat in World War I, Hitler became leader of the Nazi regime. His rule began January 30, 1933 and ended May 8, 1945 with the end of the war in Europe. It was Hitler’s vision that the best way to solve the problems that Germany had was to conform to a master race that would control Europe (Fischel 13). He used many devious techniques to convince the German people and many others that they should eliminate all of the people that stood in their way and thus the “Great Germans” would prosper (Schoenberner 45). The destruction of the European Jews was not part of a divine plan, but a human one that Hitler had planned. After Hilter took control of Germany, the terror began. “Jews were characterized as an active and dangerous enemy that endangered the nation” (Fischel 13). Within months of



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