Anti-Semitism in Europe helped facilitate a scapegoat for the Versailles Treaty and the economic depression in Germany. Hitler used propaganda to make all the Jews the root of all problems. As a result, Hitler could justify war and…
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Most of Western Europe and Russia were Christian states during the Middle Ages and after. Those states that were not Christian were Muslim. Both groups disliked the Jews for their denial of Jesus. Carroll reports on an omission of the current Pope (2006), “He made no mention of anti-Semitisms other parent, the long tradition of Christian contempt for Jews and the Jewish religion, which both fed the hatred of the perpetrators and justified the inaction of the bystanders.” Jews were considered evil before World War II.
Propaganda helped desensitize the Germans and German Occupied countries toward the Jews. Posters, magazines, and the Nuremburg Laws proposed and reiterated that Jews were sub-human. It was not bad to exterminate Jews because they were like insects. Jews were not equal to Germans. They caused the war and all the Aryan citizens’ woes. This helped ordinary citizens look the other way. For those sadistic citizens rewards were in place for denouncing Jews.
Before WWII Western European Jews were more assimilated than Eastern European Jews (Weinstock). Due to the isolation of Jews in the East, the Germans easily set up camps and ghettos in the East. Weinstock explains Eastern European Jews “spoke their own language, Yiddish, which is a combination of German and Hebrew. They read Yiddish books, and frequented Yiddish theater and films. Many Jews in these countries lived in small villages and towns (shtetls) where the population was predominantly Jewish. These communities were largely traditional, in terms of dress for both men and women.” It did not take much coordination to organize the Jews into concentrated groups. This led to the Holocaust because of the convenience of the Jewish isolation.
Countries knew before war broke out on September 1, 1939 that the Nazi persecuted Jews. They felt it was not their concern. Brustein and King (2004) report only the Dominic Republic and Costa Rica agreed to increase quotas for Jews
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The novel is reminiscent of the experiences of the author after surviving and enduring torture during the holocaust. The author narrated his story of being at the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps with his father. Elie was the sole survivor of those camps and surprisingly enough, his narrations claim that even his father was able to survive an entire year of sheer torture.
This very disturbing historical incident was known as the Holocaust. Before the Holocaust, there were about nine million Jews in Europe, however approximately two – thirds of them were massacred by Adolf Hitler together with the Nazi regime. 1 With the given support of the state, there were different laws implemented in order to eliminate the Jews in which the Nuremberg Laws as introduced by Hitler had become one of the most notoriously known.
However, it must also be understood that in order to understand why the holocaust took place, focusing solely upon the Nazi period of German or European history is not sufficient. As such, deep undercurrents of anti-Semitism and racial hatred for the Jewish population of Europe had existed since the Middle Ages.
First it must be discussed what a Holocaust denier is. A Holocaust denier is a person who rejects the notion that the Holocaust actually happened. There is a school of thought called "historical revisionism" which seeks to revise history.
Additionally, Holocaust denial is not based on factual evidence, but rather is "based on falsification and defamation, which seeks to appear in a respectable, academic guise.
In the very first chapter, Friedlander mentions that while eugenics was not peculiar to Germany, the political and scientific community was more radical in that country. In the ninteenth and early twentieth century, eugenics was a bonafide science and received poltical support.
mple, in a Jewish ghetto, often resistance would be held back by community leaders because of the fear that any Jews caught gathering weapons or planning escape would bring down punishment on the whole community. This was not outlandish thinking, either, because this is exactly
world, many countries have conquered others for a variety of motives while oppressing its citizens but what was the motive for systematically exterminating a particular race of people? How could such a passionate hatred of Jews spread through an entire national conscience
those who were physically or mentally disabled, the mentally insane, or of other ethnic races such as Roma and Gypsies, in addition to anyone deemed a prisoner of war were subjected to either forced labor and near-starvation in the concentration and death camps in Europe, or