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Human Rights in Nazi Germany

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Eric Fitzsimmons

on 21 November 2013

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Human Rights in Nazi Germany
Who were the Nazis?
The Nazi Party
(National Socialist German Workers’ Party – NSDAP) grew out of a German Workers’ Party.
The Nazi party came into power in April of 1920. They were under the leadership of a World War I veteran,
Adolf Hitler
This was the belief that Hitler alone ruled the Nazi party and that
everyone else below him looked to him as their leader
To deny people their rights is to challenge their very humanity
- Nelson Mandela

Hitler required that the party accept and adopt the "
Fuehrer Principle
The Nazi's plan was to create a "
perfect world
" that was governed by an
Aryan race
Above: Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party
Above: a woman weeps as she is forced to give the Nazi salute to the invading Germans
There were very few organizations that opposed Hitler's violations of human rights
Opposition to Hitler took place at civilian, religious, and military levels
None of these oppositions were successful and the consequences for those caught opposing Hitler were dire
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Violations by Hitler and The Nazi Party
Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience that theyshould act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood"
This was violated by the Nazi's, as they believed that the Jewish, disabled, coloured, and homosexuals, were insignificant unless they were of German descent
Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind of discrimination
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs to
This right was also violated because the Nazi's denied the rights and freedoms to those who were seen as less desirable to them.
Article 3
Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person"
Again was denied because the Nazi's killed those who they deemed useless or anyone who got in their way.
Article 4
No one shall be held on slavery or servitude
Slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms"
This rights was violated by the Nazi's because they sent Jewish people to work as slaves in the concentration camps
Article 5
No one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment"
This rights was violated by the Nazi's since they tortured and punished the Jewish people in the concentration camps
As you can see, Hitler and the Nazi Party violated a plethora of human rights and freedoms as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
In 1939, several countries stepped in to intervene the crisis between the Nazi Party and the Jewish people
Thanks for your attention :)
A presentation by Max Mclachlan and Eric Fitzsimmons
Through understanding the human rights violations and the death caused by the Nazi's, we can agree on basic human rights that all people should have, in which they did, because short after the events of WWII, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written. Also, the events of WWII, caused by the Nazi's, gave us an idea of what can happen when we do not take action on a large scale violation of human rights.
We feel that this issue is important to bring to the world's attention, as it sets a precedence and teaches us to never let such a tragedy happen again.
The Nazi's essentially violated every human right defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
These violations range from denying equality and dignity to denying life and liberty.
Not to mention the 60 million deaths created due to the Nazi Party's world domination ideology.
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