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Human Rights Violations: The Holocaust
Transcript of Human Rights Violations: The Holocaust
If Jews are normal people like you and I, why did Hitler target this specific group of people?
The Way out
HOPE AND FREEDOM
The word "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin, which means "sacrifice by fire," which in most cases is what happened to many of the Jews.
Right before Hitler came to power, the number of Jews was about 9 million.
By the end of World War 2, over 6 million of the Jews had been killed. (2/3 of the Jewish population).
In addition to Jews, about 2-5 million homsexuals, Jehovah's Witness, and Soviet War prisoners were killed.
The Nazis believed that the Jewish race was an inferior race. They heavily enforced anti-semitism, or hatred of Jews. Their belief that the Aryan race was a superior race lead them to eliminate all who didn't meet the criteria of that race. Hitler, a gifted speaker, then persuaded the people of Germany that the Jews were more like animals who deserved to be dehumanized.
Newspapers portrayed Jews as non humans to increase Jew hatred throughout Germany.
Jews were forced to turn in all wedding rings.
Children were no exception.
Many Jews were malnourished.
Although many people say, "Poor, helpless Jews," Jews refused to go down without a fight. About 100 resistance movements occurred in ghettos between 1941-1943. Many Jews knew that it would take a whole lot to defeat the Germans, but they fought bravely anyways.
Jews also rebelled in the concentration camps. On August 2, 1943, the Jews took any kind of weapon they could find and set fire to the camp. Close to 200 escaped. Over half were later recaptured and shot.
In 1945, Allied forces began to make their way into Europe where they liberated the remaining Jews in the concentration camps. The Jews were free to live with rights once again!
Jews were required to wear these yellow stars at all times on their clothing so people would know that they were Jewish.
Stories of Hope
How did the Jews hang on to hope during such a horrific time?
Quite possibly the greatest story of hope and inspiration would be the story of Corrie ten Boom. Corrie and her family (devout Christians) were arrested by the Gestapo (Nazi police) for helping Jews escape. They helped over 800 Jews escape! They were then imprisoned by the Nazis. Their faith in Christ is what kept them alive. They rejoiced and read the Bible to other women in their barracks. Their hope came from their belief in God and that He had already overcame.
Basic Human rights
By: Ben Taylor
During world war 2, Jewish people didn't have any basic human rights. They were abused, tortured, and forced to work. Many were slaves and those who weren't slaves were most often killed. The german also discriminated against women, children, old people, and people with disabilities. If men were strong they would be lucky enough to be kept alive for slavery. Many people tried to put a stop to this, but the Germans were large in number. It was not hard for them to stop outbreaks in the Jewish community, and find escapees.
The Right to Live
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Every human being is equal before the law. Everyone is entitled to equal opportunity.