Major Themes of the Week The Holocaust Isolationism The End Of Isolationism and the Beginning of War
PART 1: The Holocaust Causes A desperate Germany is looking for someone to blame There was a common dislike of Jews in Europe for hundreds of years German quest for a “pure” race Constant government propaganda calling for the dehumanization of Jews
PART 1: The Holocaust Who was targeted by the Nazis? Jews Gypsies Homosexuals Communists Elderly Disabled Mentally Retarded Political Opponents
PART 1: The Holocaust How could it happen? Nazis passed laws to gradually dehumanize Jews Nuremburg Laws(determined who was and was not Jewish) Stripped rights to education, business, and even marriage Took all rights of citizenship away Convinced much of the German population that Jews were bad and must be dealt with accordingly The Final Solution, however, was hidden from the eyes of the German population
PART 1: The Holocaust Result? Camps set up to kill elderly and disabled in the 1930s Prison work camps created to house Jews Extermination Camps created for the sole purpose of murdering people Squads of soldiers created to move through territories and kill Jews on the spot. An estimated 6,000,000 Jews killed…not to mention millions of others who were killed by the Nazis
PART 2: Isolationism America Wants to Stay Out of War It’s Europe’s business, not ours! We’re in a depression…let’s focus on us, not Europe We just fought a large European War (WWI) not too long ago and the people don’t want to do it again Passes series of Neutrality Acts to prevent the US from getting involved.
PART 3: The End Of Isolationism and the Beginning of War The US gradually creeps closer to getting involved Lend Lease Act passed to give arms and support to Allies Atlantic Charter FDR starts to speak against Germany and supports Allies
PART 3: The End Of Isolationism and the Beginning of War Pearl Harbor is the final step that convinces US to join war effort Japan tries to prevent US from entering by attacking Hawaii Attack destroys bulk of US Pacific Fleet along with hundreds of lives. There are theories that FDR knew attack was coming and allowed it in order to convince US to join the War.