Grade 12 Period 3-4
February 11, 2014
The Holocaust was one of the twentieth century's greatest tragedy that left a mark of tragic and horror to all Jews. The tragedy began at January 30th, 1933 and ended at May 8th, 1945, when the war in Europe ended. Millions of people died during the Holocaust, some were killed by machine guns, gas chambers, getting burned, while others died due to starvation, abuse and diseases.
Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany, was a heartless and uncaring man. He was born on April 20, 1889 in a small Austrian town of Braunau near Germany’s border. Hitler’s father Alios Hitler was a short-tempered, strict ...view middle of the document...
Hitler wanted to kill off all the “imperfect” people, who were non-Germanic. Some of the victims were the Jews, Gypsies, and people with physical and mental disabilities, homosexuals and Jehovah’s Witnesses. These victims were selected simply because they were disliked by Hitler and the other Germans. German Jews weren’t allowed to go to theaters, swimming pools, and resorts. They were forced to wear a Star of David badge everywhere they went, to indicate that they were Jews.
On the night of November 9, 1938, gangs of Nazi officers barged on the streets of Germany and attacked the Jews. Thousands of synagogues, Jewish businesses and homes were destroyed. Many Jews were tortured, sent to concentration camps and many were killed. This event came to be called Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass because of the shattered store windowpanes that covered Germany’s streets. The cause for this violence was the November 7 assassination of Ernst Vom Rath, the Third Secretary of the German Embassy in Paris, by a Jewish boy named Herschel Grynszpan. Kristallnacht lasted till November 10, 1938. This was the beginning of the Holocaust.
All Jews, Gypsies, and many others were taking to the concentration camps. Men and women were separated. The doctors of Auschwitz, which was the largest extermination camps, separated the strong, who were...