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What if the Holocaust had never happened
Transcript of What if the Holocaust had never happened
Hitler does not make the decision to create the "Final Solution" in 1941, and the Holocaust does not happen.
The Holocaust was the perpetual extermination of Jews that took place at the Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. With more than 6 million Jews and 5 million non-Jews killed, his horrific event remains a dark dent in our history. This plan, executed by Adolf Hitler, had many long-lasting effects all over Europe and the Middle East. As this genocide had wiped off nearly 11 million people, there were many crises regarding the survivors who could not return home, the economy, and social structure. Quite importantly, the Holocaust had a major impact on the Zionist movement, and the push for the creation of a Jewish homeland was widely supported due to the sense of responsibility and the wave of sympathy that was a result of the Holocaust. This issue persists to this day, and the conflict between Jews and the people of the Middle East has not been resolved. Now to go all the way back to one of the main roots of these problems...what would have happened if Hitler had never decided to execute the "Final Solution" in 1941?
Economic resources are used for productive purposes instead of extermination strategies and machinery. (ECON)
Jews continue their lives, many of them working normal jobs and contributing to society. (SOC)
Jews that constitute a large part of the middle class play major roles in political and economic development due to their contributions and skills. (ECON) (SOC)
Jews are not left homeless with nowhere to go.
Survivor organizations for greater emigration opportunities are not created.
Jews already living in Palestine do not execute illegal methods of immigration
The United Nations do not vote to divide Palestine into two new states, one for the Arabs and one for the Jews. (SB)
Waves of sympathy and push of Zionist movement is not further widespread.
Great Britain is not under pressure to permit Jewish immigration into Palestine (SB)
The state of Israel is not formed in 1948. (SB)
There is no major conflict amongst Arabs and Jews. (SB)
Arab nations are not united against a common enemy. (SB)
The Arab-Israeli conflict does not begin. (SB)
The Six Day War of 1967 does not happen. (SB)
Palestinian towns and villages keep their original names. Israel does not introduce more Western-style culture, and Palestinian tradition thrives. (CUL)
Economic prosperity continues in agricultural areas in the region, such as Golan Heights. (ECON)
Settlements of Jewish communities in Palestine are not established, Palestinians are not denied of their share of land. (SOC) (SB)
War between Palestine and Israel does not continue. (SB)
Palestinian civilians are not killed and are able to live out normal lives.
More investment and better abilities to access materials and equipment to keep maintenance of the groundwater system in Gaza (ENV)
Supply of drinking water in Gaza Strip is not scarce. (ENV)
The Final Solution of the Holocaust began with the building of the camps, which was large and included many extermination centers such as gas chambers, as well as crematoriums in order to burn the corpses. Germany's economy at this time was a mess due to the effects of the Treaty of Versailles after World War I, and Hitler's decision to spend the money in this manner did not result in any benefits. If Hitler had used Germany's economic resources towards production purposes, the unemployment rate of Germany may not have been that high at the time either. The overall welfare of Germany at this time period would not have been reduced if the money had been used for other purposes.
After the Holocaust, there were more than 250,000 Jewish displaced persons who lived in camps in Germany, Austria, and Italy. After liberation, the remaining survivors struggled returning to their homes before the Holocaust because of the anti-semitism that still prevailed and began searching for their lost family members. Facilitated by organizations designed to help these survivors, many new families were created as a result of the attempt to find their old ones.
Like everyone else, Jews had been living normal lives in every country across Europe, particularly concentrated in the East, at the time when the Nazi regime came to power in Germany in 1933. As for Germany, around eighty percent of the Jews living there held German citizenship. Jews had their own language, Yiddish, and their own form of traditional dress that could be seen on the more elderly. Many attended schools and either ended education early to pursue careers in craft or trade, while others continued to the university level. The Holocaust had targeted these normal, innocent lives and turned them into victims.
Many organizations were created in order to facilitate the immigrations of the Jewish survivors. Because they could not return to their homes, these organizations were well needed in order to create communities that they could dwell in temporarily. Eventually, one of these organizations would support Zionism fully and would lead to the creation of a Jewish homeland.
The Aliyah Bet, also known in Hebrew as Ha'apala, was the code name given to the illegal Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel in Palestine, which had not yet been established. Journeys beginning from the displaced persons camps and secretly moving through trucks, foot, or trains to ports on the Mediterranean Sea, this immigration was supported by Jews already living in Palestine. While over 100,000 people attempted to illegally enter the region of Palestine, over half were stopped by the British Royal Navy. Many drowned during the overseas journeys and the caught immigrants were again sent to camps in Cyprus. As a result, only a few people were able to reach Palestine.
After the Holocaust, the horrifying events that took place in the chambers of the Auschwitz began uncovering one by one and everyone was shocked by the crimes that the Nazi regime had committed. Thus began a wave of sympathy towards the Jews and widespread support for them, and for Zionism in particular as a result of what the Jews had suffered under the Nazis.
In November of 1917, the British government had expressed their support for the creation of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East, as stated by the Balfour Declaration. Because the "mandate" system created by the Treaty of Versailles gave Britain temporary administration of Palestine, they were expected to work on behalf of the perspectives of both the Arabs and the Jews. The British Mandatory government was not successful and being under Arab pressure, and ultimately withdrew from the issue.
After Great Britain withdrew from the partition issue, the United Nations General Assembly adopted it shortly after. The United Nations Special Commission on Palestine was created in order to search for a solution. The partition of Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state was recommended and in November 1947, the United Nations adopted Resolution 181, AKA the Partition Resolution, to divide Britain's Palestinian mandate to two new states in May 1948, when Britain's mandate was supposed to end.
From the very beginning, the Arabs had been opposed to the idea to create the separate state for the Jews in the region of Palestine. While the roots of this conflict mainly dates back to the late 18th century and early 19th century when there was a major rise in Arab nationalism and an increase in the movement of Zionism, the Holocaust played a major impact in supporting the creation of Israel. These tensions between the Arab countries and the Jewish in the area led to what is known as the Arab-Israeli conflict, which exists to this day.
Arab nations that are represented by 21 countries: Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Somalia, and Oman. All against one Jewish nation: Israel, which is within the small region of Palestine. However, the average per capita GDP in Arab countries is $3,700 versus $18,000 for Israel.
This political tension between the two groups of people would last a long time. The conflict over the division of the land led to multiple wars and the issue continued to grow worse and worse.
As tensions heightened and relationships failed to normalize, military forces of Egypt became involved and Israel launched multiple airstrikes, completely destroying Egyptian air forces and giving Israel superiority. The war ended with a cease-fire that was brokered by the United Nations, and Israel, although greatly outnumbered, achieved a swift victory that resulted in Israeli occupation of the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank, and Golan Heights.
The ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians on the Gaza Strip made it likely that the environment of the area would be exacerbated. Because the groundwater is very close to the surface, it is easily contaminated. This, with the already old, aging and damaged sewer system and the impacts of the Israeli military troops, the entire sewer system of Gaza is "on the verge of collapse".
Palestine, in comparison to Israel, is substantially weaker in many aspects. Israel, with the fourth largest military in the world and the support of the US, has the upper hand because Palestine lacks a strong military, powerful allies, and weapons. Israeli occupation impacts almost every aspect of Palestinian lives due to their superior power. Israel has the ability to block civilians from getting where they need to go, to shut down certain parts of Gaza or the West Bank, and preventing residents from leaving their homes.
Although the partition plan created by the United Nations stated for Israel to take up half of the land of Palestine, Israel conquered and is currently occupying the majority of the land. Due to their military superiority and strength, Israeli forces were able to accomplish this.
Studies have shown that cities and regions in which Jews made up a large portion of the population, such as in Russia, has seen economic decline and lower wages after the Holocaust. Because many of the Jews were highly skilled people working productive jobs, the genocide wiped off a group of important people completely from the middle class. With a permanently reduced middle class, their contributions towards society ceased to exist and it had a negative effect on the political and economical growth and development of the region.