The Agony Of The Jews Under Hitler

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​​“The agony of the Jews under Hitler is too important and too outrageous to be forgotten; yet it can be remembered it seems, only in ways that distort its meaning and deny its importance… When Auschwitz became a social myth, a metaphor for modern life, people lost sight of the only lesson it could possibly offer: that it offers, in itself, no lessons (Rosenfled).
-Christopher Lasch (Social historian)
​This quote talks about how people are forgetting the meaning of the Holocaust. It wasn’t just about people dying. There is more meaning than that. The Holocaust was also about racism and targeting one group of people as an inferior race. It also shows that one person can be a dictator and ...view middle of the document...

The “Introduction to the Holocaust” article on the website Holocaust Encyclopedia has some writing on National socialists. National socialist government created concentration camps to imprison their opponents (Introduction to the Holocaust). A book called Holocaust the Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews also has information about National socialists. National socialists thought the idea that all the major problems Germany could solve by having a “new racial order”. Their racial policy includes exclusion of so called “alien races” (Longerich).
​ While Europe was going through a lot of political change, people were being killed. The Jews in Europe were being exterminated. In 1933, there were nine million Jews in Europe. By 1945, two out of every three Jews had been killed. A total of six million Jews were murdered, 1.5 million of those Jews were children. Five thousand Jewish communities were destroyed in the Holocaust. Along with Jews, other groups of people were also killed. Two hundred thousand Gypsies were killed in the Holocaust. At least 200,000 mentally or physically disabled people were also killed. The article “Introduction to the Holocaust” on the website Holocaust Encyclopedia also has information on what other groups were targeted. Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals were also victims (Introduction to the Holocaust). Germany took over many places during the Holocaust and in those places they established ghettos. Germany took over Poland in September of 1939. They started ghettos in Poland in 1940. The Jewish Virtual Library website article has information about Germany taking over and establishing ghettos. Groups were made such as A, B, C, D and they had commando units (Berman). Chelmo is a small village; Chelmo had Polish, Jews, and Germans in the village. A book called Chelmo and the Holocaust has...

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