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Transcript of Holocaust
1) Who was responsible for the holocaust?
-Adolf Hitler, Nazis, and bystanders
Even bystanders were not innocent. They refused to act, out of fear. The government caused them to feel horrified of the consequences. They made examples out of those who did. If every person stood up against Hitler's affairs, this would not have happened. Because the Nazis could not kill everyone, in that case. Hitler would no longer have a people to rule over. Although it would have taken a lot of courage and selflessness, there was a chance that it could have been stopped, or at least prevented from going as far as it did.
By: Aisha, Vivica, and Hajara B3
He was born in Gemany. He left Germany in 1946. And has been moved to 7 different concentration camps.
Link to the Testimony video:
Q & A
2) What would you have done?
- I would have been one to stand up for justice.
I cannot just sit by and let such cruelty happen. The Jewish were innocent people who were persecuted for there identity. They had no say in the way they were treated. No one should have the power to attempt the annihilation of an entire race.
Q & A
3) What percentage of the European population was Jewish before and after the Holocaust?
- In 1933, approximately 9.5 million Jews lived in Europe, comprising 1.7% of the total European population. This number represented more than 60 percent of the world's Jewish population at that time, which was approximately 15.3 million.
Jews in Germany numbered around 525,000, only 1 percent of the total German population.
Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany, was born in Austria in the year of 1889. He served in the German army during World War I. He blamed the Jews for the nation's defeat in 1918. Later, he joined the National German Worker's Party, which became the National Socialist German Worker's Party (NSDAP). This is more commonly known as the Nazis. He wrote the memoir and propaganda tract "Mein Kampf (My Struggle), a book about his prediction that a general European war would result in the extermination of the Jewish race in Germany.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Introduction to the Holocaust." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 20 June 2014. Web. 14 May 2015.
In September 1939, the German army occupied the western half of Poland. Soon after, German police forced tens of thousands of Polish Jews from their homes and into ghettos, giving their confiscated properties to ethnic Germans. Many were placed in concentration camps, a torture ground. Though the Nazis tried to keep operation of the camps a secret, the scale of the mass slaughter made this evidently impossible.
On April 29, Hitler blamed the war on “International Jewry and its helpers” and urged the German leaders and people to follow “the strict observance of the racial laws and with merciless resistance against the universal poisoners of all peoples”–the Jews. The next day, he committed suicide. Germany’s formal surrender in World War II came barely a week later, on the eighth of May 1945.
Nazi Rule Comes to an End
The survivors found it almost impossible to return home. For various cases, the had lost their families and had been condemned by their non-Jewish neighbors. Beginning in the 1953, the German government made payments to the Jewish people in an effort to amend and as a way of acknowledging the German people's fault for the crimes committed in their name.
German authorities also targeted other groups because they were thought to be "racially inferior",: Roma (Gypsies), Poles, some Slavic peoples, Russians, and more
Some were persecuted on ideological grounds, among them Socialists, Communists, Jehovah Witnesses, and homosexuals
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