How did people protect themselves during the war?• Children and some women were evacuated from the big cities into the countryside.• People carried gas masks to protect themselves against a possible gas attack.• People built air raid shelters in their gardens.• All windows and doors were blacked out to make it harder for the enemy planes to spot where they lived.
What effect did the war have on people?• World War II brought a lot of suffering and hardship to thousands of people.• German bombers made terrifying night raids.• Families were broken up as men were sent to the front lines to fight, some never to return.• Children were sent out of the cities to stay with strangers, away from the bombing.• Shops were half empty of things to buy and what was available was often rationed.• The peaceful routine of everyday life was shattered.
• Britain was called the Home Front, because people felt that they were part of the war. The war effected everyone whether they were on the front line (in Europe) or on the home front (back in Britain).• Not everyone went to fight, but everyone helped in the war effort in some way or other.
DISCLAIMER: There are some horrific things that happened during WWII.Please be respectful.
Hitler’s Plan• As part of Hitler’s plan to conquer the new world, he began the systematic killing of every Jew – man, woman, and child – under Nazi rule.• The Nazis imprisoned Jews in certain sections of cities, made them wear special identifying armbands, and separated them from their families.
Jewish Treatment• Jews were forced to give up their jobs and businesses. They were not allowed to attend school.• They had to wear the Star of David which identified them as Jewish. They also had to carry papers which identified them.
Concentration Camps• The Nazis built concentration camps and sent Jews from the cities by railcar to these camps.• When the Jews arrived, their heads were shaved and a number was tattooed onto their arms.
“The Showers”• Many were immediately herded into “showers”, which were nothing more than gas chambers.• In such places, as many as 2,000 people could be killed at one time.
Living Conditions• Thousands died from forced labor, little food, and exposure to the summer heat and winter cold.• Disabled people, children, and especially twins were experimented on.• The guards would play horrific games with the babies and children to put them to death.
By the time WWIIwas over, asmany as 6 millionJews were dead.
Germany surrenders• World War II ended in 1945 with the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers.• On 8 May 1945, the Allies accepted Germany’s surrender, about a week after Adolf Hitler had committed suicide.• VE Day – Victory in Europe celebrates the end of the Second World War on 8 May 1945.• Street parties were held all over Britain to celebrate the end of the war.
But ........• Even though the war was officially at an end in the Far East the war raged on, claiming more lives.• Japan, did not surrender at the same time as Germany. It was able to hold out for another few months. Atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 respectively.• After that the Imperial government sought the Emperors personal authority to surrender which he granted. He made a personal radio address announcing the decision.
Japan surrenders• V-J Day - Victory in Japan Day.• 15 August 1945 - Japan surrenders to the Allies V-J Day (Victory in Japan)• 2 September 1945 - Having agreed in principle to unconditional surrender on 15 August 1945, Japan formally surrenders, ending World War II throughout the rest of the world.• The surrender was signed on 2 Sept. 1945 aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Solution• The United Kingdom, France and the United States wanted Germany to be a strong demilitarized, democratic country.• The Soviet Union, the strongest nations in Europe after the war, wanted to see Germany punished. They also wanted to see them as a communist country.• Germany was divided in ½. – United Kingdom, France, and the United States controlled a democratic Western Germany. – The Soviet Union controlled a communist Eastern Germany.
After WWII• After the war the Allies (United Kingdom, France, United States and the Soviet Union) agreed to divide Germany in half.• U.K., France and U.S. controlled the western portion. U.S.S.R controlled the Eastern portion.• They also divided the capital city of Berlin.
Western Allies U.K., France & U.S. Soviets• Saw the division as a temporary fix. • Wanted to make sure they were not invaded• Wanted Germany and again. all of Europe to be independent, free • Soviet troops moved democracies into countries like Poland, Romania, Hungary and eastern Germany. • Set up Communist governments that controlled everything.