Hitler & The Concentration Camps Of all the examples of injustice against
humanity in history, the Jewish Holocaust has to be one of the most prominent.
In the period of 1933 to 1945, the Nazis waged a vicious war against Jews and
other "Lesser races". This war came to a head with the "Final
Solution" in 1938. One of the end results of the Final Solution was the
horrible Concentration and death camps of Germany, Poland, and other parts of
Nazi-controlled Europe. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, final tallies of
human losses shocked people around the world, and the people responsible were
punished for their inhuman acts. The Holocaust was a dark time in the history of
the 20th century. One can trace the beginnings of the Holocaust as far back as
1933, When the Nazi party of Germany, lead by Adolph Hitler, came to power.
Hitler\'s anti-Jew campaign began soon afterward, with the "Nuremberg
Laws", which defined the meaning of being Jewish based on ancestry. These
laws also forced segregation between Jews and the rest of the public. It was
only a dim indication of what the future held for European Jews. Anti-Jewish
aggression continued for years after the passing of the Nuremberg Laws. One of
these was the "Aryanization" of Jewish property and business. Jews
were progressively forced out of the Economy of Germany, their assets turned
over to the government and the German public. Other forms of degradation were
programs, or organized demonstrations against Jews. The first, and most
infamous, of these programs were Krystallnacht, or "The night of broken
glass". This program was prompted by the assassination of Ernst von Rath, a
German Diplomat, by Herschel Grymozpan in Paris on November 7th, 1938. Two days
later, Joseph Gobbels attacked Jews in Germany and organized an act of
retaliation. On the nights of November 9th and 10th, over 7,000 Jewish
businesses were destroyed, 175 synagogues demolished, nearly 100 Jews had been
killed, and thousands more had been injured. In many ways, this was the first
major act of violence to Jews made by the Nazis. Their intentions were now
clear. The Nazi\'s plans for the Jews of Europe were outlined in the "Final
Solution to the Jewish question" in 1938. In a meeting of some of Hitler\'s
top officials, the idea of the complete annihilation of Jews In Europe was
hatched. By the time the meeting was over, the Final Solution had been created.
The plans in the Final Solution included the deportation, exploitation, and
eventual extermination of European Jews. In September 1939, Germany invaded
western Poland. Most, if not all Jews in German-occupied lands were rounded up
and taken to ghettos or concentration camps. The ghettos were located inside
cities, and were a sort of city/prison to segregate Jews from the rest of the
public. Conditions in the ghettos included overcrowding, lack of food, and lack
of sanitation, as well as brutality by Nazi guards. Quality of life in a ghetto
was probably not much above that in a concentration camp. In June 1941, Germany
continued its invasion of Europe by attacking and capturing some of the western
U.S.S.R. By this time, most of the Jews in Europe now lived in lands controlled
by Nazi’s. The SS deployed 3000 death squads; this was used to dispatch Jews
in large numbers. In September 1941, all Jews were forced

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