The Holocaust & Its Effects

The Holocaust & Its Effects

By the end of World War I, Germany lost territory, had to pay war reparations to the Triple Entente and was to abide by the humiliating terms of the Treaty of Versailles. This all had left Germany’s economy weak. There was sadness and an atmosphere of hatred towards the government at this time. Thus, the Weimer Republic grew highly unpopular among the Germans. In Adolph Hitler’s book Mein Kampf, Hitler openly blamed the government and the Jews for the catastrophe the country was facing. Hitler believed that other races were inferior, especially Jews, Russians, Poles and other Slavic people. They had mixed blood and were racially impure, therefore worthless. ...

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prominent Jewish leaders encouraged the immigration of Jews and also many countries took in many Jews as refugees to save them from the brutality of Hitler. In 1938 Vladimir Jabotinsky, a prominent Jewish writer and leader told the Jews of Warsaw at a public meeting that “Whoever of you will escape from the catastrophe, he or she will live to see the exalted moment of a great Jewish wedding: the rebirth and rise of a Jewish state”. Under the influence of many prominent leaders like Jabostinky, many Jews fled Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia under fear of the Nazi party and reached Palestine. The leaders were aware that Hitler was planning a mass killing of the Jews. Thus, to save the Jews from the brutality they would face, leaders encouraged the immigration and influenced Jews to emigrate from the territories occupied by the Nazi. Over 60,000 German Jews immigrated to Palestine during the 1930s, most under the terms of the Haavara (Transfer) Agreement. This agreement between ...

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and unhygienic concentration camps where the Jews were forced to do hard labor. Many Jews were unjustly killed in the gas chambers and also killed by mass shooting. Special units run by the SS and the police were set up to murder Jews. These units were called Einsatzgruppen. The Einsatzgruppen unit would force the Jews to dig a pit and then shoot them so that they fall into the open grave. It is estimated that the Einsatzgruppen itself is responsible for killing 1.4 million Jews. Rivka Yosselevcka, who survived the Einsatzgruppen in Zagrodski in 1942, giving evidence at a war crimes tribunal court said that “They took my mother and shot her too.. and then my grandmother, my ...

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