The Four Stages of the Holocaust


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A brief overview of the four stages of the Holocaust. Usually I introduce it with Episode 9 of Band of Brothers (the clip where they find the camp) and Schindler's List (deportation of the ghetto clip and when the women's train arrives in Auschwitz).

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The Four Stages of the Holocaust

  2. 2. 4 Stages 1. Defined as Other 2. Removal of Rights 3. Concentration 4. Final Solution
  3. 3. History A. The Nazi Party was built on prejudice and AntiSemitism  Prejudice: an opinion formed beforehand /without full knowledge  Anti-Semitism: hostility or prejudice against Jews B. Anti-Semitism in Europe has a long history  Hitler's laws and the SS were not new to Jews  Many thought the discrimination was just a passing phase
  4. 4. Stage One: Define as Other A. Based on long-held stereotypes, Jewish people were thought of as different B. Nazis used stereotypes to enhance the mistrust some Germans felt about the Jews  Mein Kampf. Hitler blamed the Jews for Germany's problems  Nazis defined the Jews as a separate race C. Violence  Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938  Attack on Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues; killed many Jews  Began to send people to concentration camps. D. Began centuries before the Holocaust and lasted throughout the Holocaust because of propaganda
  5. 5. Excerpt from a children’s schoolroom: 'It is almost noon,' says the teacher. 'Now we must summarize what we have learned in this lesson. What did we discuss?' All the children raise their hands. The teacher calls on Karl Scholz, a little boy on the front bench. 'We talked about how to recognize a Jew.' 'Good! Now tell us about it!' Little Karl takes the pointer, goes to the blackboard and points to the sketches. 'A Jew is usually recognized by his nose. The Jewish nose is crooked at the end. It looks like the figure 6. So it is called the "Jewish Six". Many non-Jews have crooked noses too. But their noses are bent, not at the end, but further up. Such a nose is called a hook nose or eagle's beak. It has nothing to do with a Jewish nose.' 'Right!' says the teacher. 'The Jew is also recognized not only by his nose...,' the boy continues. 'The Jew is also recognized by his lips. His lips are usually thick. Often the lower lip hangs down. That is called "sloppy". And the Jew is also recognized by his eyes. His eyelids are usually thicker and more fleshy that ours. The look of the Jew is sly and sharp ....'
  6. 6. This was a chart posted in elementary classrooms entitled "German Youth, Jewish Youth“; its purpose was to help Aryan children distinguish friend from foe.
  7. 7. Why? Why, for what purpose is the blood flowing? Behind the scenes, the Jew grins. That makes the answer clear: They bleed for the Jews.
  8. 8. On the evening of November 910, 1938 -- Kristallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass" -- rioters burned over 1,000 synagogues, vandalized and looted 7,000 Jewish businesses and homes, and killed dozens of Jews in an assault instigated by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Synagogues burned throughout the Reich……
  9. 9. In Baden….
  10. 10. In Frankfurt
  11. 11. In Aachen….
  12. 12. And in Berlin….
  13. 13. Following Kristallnacht, those Jews with the financial ability to leave Germany did so….the writing was now on the wall.
  14. 14. Stage Two: Removal of Civil Rights A. Nuremberg Laws: laws were passed to deny Jewish people equal rights. B. Denied citizenship, prohibited from public office and denied marriage rights to nonJews
  15. 15. Nuremburg Law Examples  Section 1  1. Marriages between Jews and citizens of German or kindred blood       are forbidden. Marriages concluded in defiance of this law are void, even if, for the purpose of evading this law, they were conducted abroad. 2. Proceedings for annulment may be initiated only by the Public Prosecutor. Section 2 Sexual relations outside marriage between Jews and nationals of German or kindred blood are forbidden. Section 3 Jews will not be permitted to employ female citizens of German or kindred blood as domestic servants ....
  16. 16. People with four German grandparents (white circles) were of "German blood," while people were classified as Jews if they were descended from three or more Jewish grandparents (black circles in top row right).
  17. 17. An inter-married couple is publicly humiliated. The non-Jewish woman carries a sign reading "I am the greatest swine and sleep only with Jews." The man's sign reads, "As a Jew, I only take German girls up to my room."
  18. 18. Also in 1935, Jews were forced to purchase and wear a six-pointed star of David whenever they appeared in public. The yellow or blue star was worn on an armband or pinned on a shirt or coat.
  19. 19. Eugenics Program  "This person suffering from hereditary defects costs the community 60,000 Reichsmark during his lifetime. Fellow German, that is your money, too."
  20. 20. Stage 3: Concentration A. Formation of ghettos  Ghetto: a walled section of a city  Began when Germany invaded Poland in 1939 B. Establishment of concentration camps for Jews
  21. 21. Carrying possessions into the ghetto
  22. 22. Jews led through the streets of Warsaw
  23. 23. Ghetto walls contained the Jews
  24. 24. Nazi authorities by a wall
  25. 25. Building a brick wall
  26. 26. Jewish police officers who worked for the Nazis
  27. 27. A pedestrian bridge joins parts of the ghetto (divided by a streetcar line)
  28. 28. A ghetto ration card officially gives 300 calories daily (average of 181)
  29. 29. Lining up for a drink of water
  30. 30. Children sneaking out for food
  31. 31. Forced labour in the ghetto – a clothing factory
  32. 32. A crowded street - 37% of Warsaw’s population lived in 4.6% of its area
  33. 33. Stage Four: The Final Solution A. Wansee Conference, January 20, 1942: proclaimed the Jewish population in Europe was to be eliminated entirely B. Liquidation: Took place in the camps with gas (Zyklon B) & cremation
  34. 34. Mass extermination was the next step in the treatment of the Jews.
  35. 35. Behind the German Army came Einsatzgruppen, so ldiers whose job was to execute civilians and Jews in Nazi-occupied territory.
  36. 36.  All who were considered “enemies of the Reich” were executed. Men…..
  37. 37. Women….
  38. 38. And children….
  39. 39. Origins  Starting in 1933, Hitler began establishing camps to harbour his enemies.  The first was a Dachau, outside of Munich.  By 1939, however, the Germans had shifted from containment and death through work to mass extermination.  With that end in mind, death camps were established in occupied Poland.  Of all the Nazi death camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest and most infamous. It was created in early 1940 by Heinrich Himmler, originally as a POW camp.  By 1942, however, it was turned into an extermination and experimentation center under the guidance of commandant Rudolf Hoss.
  40. 40. In 1942, at the Wannsee Conference, SS Deputy Fuhrer Reinhard Heydrich began the “Final Solution” of the Jewish Question. This decision would lead directly to the gates of Auschwitz….
  41. 41. The First Camps  Three extermination camps were established in Poland: Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka.  Upon arrival at the camps, many Jews were sent directly to the gas chambers.
  42. 42. The First Camps  The Nazis also gassed Jews at other extermination camps in Poland: AuschwitzBirkenau (which was the largest camp), Majdanek, and Chelmno.  At Majdanek, groups of Jews deemed incapable of work were gassed.  At Chelmno, Jews were gassed in mobile gas vans.  The Nazis systematically murdered over three million Jews in the extermination camps alone.
  43. 43. Auschwitz  The largest camp established by the Germans  Included a concentration, extermination, and forced-labor camp  There were three different camps in all
  44. 44. Pictures of Auschwitz  Shows Auschwitz I, the main camp, and the (extermination) camp Auschwitz II - Birkenau  The distance between the two camps is approx. 3 kilometres
  45. 45. Auschwitz Camps  Auschwitz I, or Stammlager, was meant as a work camp  Had the capacity to hold 7,000 people  On average held 18,000  The camp was surrounded by electrically charged fences
  46. 46. Auschwitz Camps  Auschwitz II, or Birkenau, was planned to be an extermination camp  At its highest point it housed 100,000 people  New occupants were divided into protective custody camps  In Birkenau were crematories II-V
  47. 47. The Lines of Death Trains would have 20 cars, each car filled with up to 200 people. SS guards and doctors would greet them and ‘selection’ who would work, and who would go to the gas chambers.
  48. 48. Extermination Methods Gas Chambers  Early Gas Chambers started as fumigation chambers (got rid of lice from clothing)  The chambers would evolve into extermination chambers  The gas used by the Germans was Zyklon-B  After its usage, prisoners would be stripped of gold teeth and some even their hair.  Prisoners would be put on wagons and disposed in ditches for later collection while the next victims were undressing to enter the chamber
  49. 49. Zyklon B This deadly gas, called “Hydrocyanic Prussic Acid”, was manufactured in a crystal form. Masked SS soldiers, called “Fumigators”, would stand on top of the gas chambers and dump the crystals through specially designed holes in the roof.
  50. 50. Gas Chambers Each row of lights in the gas chamber had an opening for gas. The 750 naked people crammed inside quickly began to suffocate. It took approximately 20 minutes for every person to die. The agonized screams of the dying people were muffled by the thick concrete walls and by the rumble of diesel trucks outside, which were started as the gas was dropped.
  51. 51.  Account of Extermination by Rudolf Hoss, Commander at Auschwitz "The door would now be quickly screwed up and the gas discharged by the waiting disinfectors through vents in the ceilings of the gas chambers, down a shaft that led to the floor. This insured the rapid distribution of the gas. It could be observed through the peephole in the door that those who were standing nearest to the induction vents were killed at once. It can be said that about one-third died straightaway. The remainder staggered about and began to scream and struggle for air. The screaming, however, soon changed to the death rattle and in a few minutes all lay still...The door was opened half an hour after the induction of the gas, and the ventilation switched on...The special detachment now set about removing the gold teeth and cutting the hair from the women. After this, the bodies were taken up by elevator and laid in front of the ovens, which had meanwhile been stoked up. Depending on the size of the bodies, up to three corpses could be put into one oven at the same time. The time required for cremation...took twenty minutes."
  52. 52. Extermination Methods Crematoriums  The Nazis needed a more effective way to dispose of prisoners  Crematoriums were introduced and evolved to become more effective  Ovens ran continuously with the ashes intermingling  Early ovens would take 2 hours, later ones 10- 15 minutes
  53. 53.  Those who lived in the camp worked every day for 12 hours, and were fed only 400 calories per day. When they could no longer stand the torture or the work, they either ran into the fence, or walked up the SS and asked for “special treatment”. Their torture ended… but the camp went on.
  55. 55. Forever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women and children, mainly Jews from various countries of Europe. Auschwitz and Birkenau 1940-1945
  56. 56. Figures Approx 6 Million Deaths in Total
  57. 57. Images View of the entrance to the main camp of Auschwitz. The gate bears the motto: Work makes one free
  58. 58. Images View of the kitchen, electric fencing and the main gate at Auchwitz
  59. 59. Images View of the barracks at Birkenau
  60. 60. Images The ruins of a crematorium
  61. 61. Images Sacks of human hair headed to Germany
  62. 62. Images A warehouse full of shoes and clothing confiscated from the prisoners and deportees gassed upon their arrival
  63. 63. Images Former prisoners of the "little camp" in Buchenwald stare out from the wooden bunks in which they slept three to a "bed."
  64. 64. Images The Liberation of the Camp
  65. 65. Images Funeral of inmates who could not be saved or who were killed by the SS before the liberation of Auschwitz.
  66. 66. END
  67. 67. Protective Custody Camps  Camp for Men  Camp for Women  Quarantine Camp  Theresienstadt Family Camp  Gypsy Camp  Prisoner’s Hospital  Camp Mexico  Temporary Holding Camp  Camp Canada  Camp where the prisoner’s valuable goods were sorted  Name was chosen because Canada was a place of immense wealth and richness Back
  68. 68. Zyklon-B  Germans were using exhaust fumes which were not efficient  Zyklon-B was being used at Auschwitz as a vermin killer and disinfectant  It is a form of Hydrocyanic acid which become active on contact with air  It was first used at Auschwitz on 600 Soviet POWs in Sept. 1941 Back
  69. 69. Sources     Infos.html   5151   
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