Holocaust and WWII


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There are very few people in this world that haven't been exposed to the facts about what was happening in Germany during World War II. This was such a significant event in time that I believe people will still be studying about it years to come. Millions of people were murdered ruthlessly by German Nazis and it is not an even that can be easily forgotten.

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Holocaust and WWII

  1. 1. Holocaust and WWII Leah Frye-Wilson Wars and Revolutions: World History
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Holocaust was a terrible part of WWII involving the Nazi German population under the rule of Hitler. The Nazis, believing that they were superior to the Jews, began a mass genocide, killing approximately 4 million people. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Nazis made a policy called the Final Solution to murder all the Jews of Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>The Nazis killed nearly every two out of three Jewish people. According to this statistic only one of the children in this picture would have survived. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Although the Jewish were primarily targeted during the Holocaust, they were not the only ones the Nazis murdered. They also killed hundreds of Roma (Gypsies), disabled people, homosexuals, and some of the Slavic peoples. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The Nazi Germans created concentration camps were people of the Jewish religion were kept and incarcerated, starved, or forced to work. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Germans are responsible for the cruel and unjust deaths of over 4 million people, and over what? Power. Hitler was controlled by power and anyone he considered a threat, he would kill by the hundreds. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>One of the most horrible things to happen in German concentration camps happened on November 3, 1943, also known as “Bloody Wednesday”. </li></ul>These are all shoes taken from the people who were murdered that day at Majdanek, the concentration camp in Poland. In late October 300 prisoners were taken out behind the compounds and told to dig three trenches 100 meters long and 2 meters deep. On the morning of November 3, groups of 100 people at a time were taken and forced to undress and lie down in the trenches where they were shot by SS men and policemen. 300 women and 300 men were kept alive to sort the clothing and possessions of the people just murdered. They were later on gassed and cremated by the SS men. Approximately 18,000 Jewish people were killed on Bloody Wednesday.
  8. 8. <ul><li>The holocaust finally ended when the German army surrendered to Allied forces on May 7, 1945. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sources <ul><li>&quot;Introduction to the Holocaust.&quot; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum . Web. 07 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143>. </li></ul><ul><li>Rosenburg, Jennifer. &quot;Aktion Erntefest - Part 2.&quot; 20th Century History . Web. 09 Nov. 2011. <http://history1900s.about.com/cs/persecution/a/erntefest_2.htm>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;A Complete and Detailed Definition of the Holocaust.&quot; Holocaust Remembrance, Sanctuary, and Tribute to Survivors . Web. 09 Nov. 2011. <http://isurvived.org/Holocaust-definition.html>. </li></ul>