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Holocaust: Causes and Effects
Transcript of Holocaust: Causes and Effects
by Chad Boerth-Dryden
Cause: Anti-Semitism and Racism
Here is a picture of a Jew stealing a picture of the Virgin Mary and being led by the Devil. During the Middle Ages, Jews were thought to worship the Devil. This is an anti-Semitic idea, and this type of view did not stop in the Middle Ages but continued on into the Holocaust.
Source of image: Encyclopaedia Judaica,
Anti-Semitism in European Middle Ages 800-1400, http://www.geschichteinchronologie.ch/judentum-aktenlage/antisem/EncJud_antisemitismus-800-1400-MA-ENGL.html
Cause: German Problems after WW1 and Scapegoating
This image shows German leaders debating in public about the Treaty of Versailles, and the cause of the events in Germany. Many Germans, including Hitler, believed that the cause of Germany's economic crisis was the Jews. This eventually led to the mass destruction of Jewish Buildings.
This image shows the ruins of a Jewish building after Krystallnacht. This event involved the destruction of Jewish buildings and the murder of Jews inside them. Buildings destroyed included hospitals, homes, office buildings, and even schools.
URL address: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LRZv6ZvmBKA/TrvQy5TbwwI/AAAAAAAAAQ8/kKXrDduR16g/s1600/20.jpg
Event: Concentration camps
This is an image of Auschwitz, a famous concentration camp in the Soviet Union. Concentration camps were used to kill millions of Jewish and other groups that Hitler called "Undesirable". The victims were led into a chamber, and poison gas was poured into it. Those lucky enough to survive would have a number of obstacles ahead of them.
The effects of the Holocaust were not realized until after WWII. Millions of innocent people were killed simply because society rejected them. The Jewish people still have a hatred for the German population because of the Holocaust. Many countries today have done things to help prevent another mass killing like this from happening again.
Effect: Change of Attitude
This is a picture of some of the survivors of the Holocaust. After the Holocaust, many people thought of Jews and other groups differently. It took some time for some of these groups to be recognized as equals but the aftermath of the Holocaust had a lasting impact on Jews.
URL Address: http://isurvived.org/Pictures_iSurvived-4/ebensee-survivors.GIF
What can be done to help prevent another event like the Holocaust?
There are many things that can be done to help prevent another event like the Holocaust from occurring. Many countries have begun starting programs that make genocide a crime against humanity with a serious punishment. People can help as well. If people treat each other with respect and don't have hatred for a certain group, then events leading to holocausts might not occur.