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Many events took place during World War II, but one seems to stick out in my mind, The Holocaust. I feel this is one of the most important pieces of our World History. It simply shows that we can not let one person and his men take power. It also shows prejudice at its worst. This wasn’t the easiest paper for me to write, but being raised under the Catholic faith and great parents has taught me to keep my eyes open. I was taught to learn more, and never forget if an injustice was done in the past, whether or not it was done to my ancestors.
In 1933 a man by the name of Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany. With his newfound power, and strong Nazi party, he wasn’t going to keep quiet. Promising the German people to make Germany the strongest country in the world, Hitler took action. Germany soon took over country, after country, after country. It seemed as if they were unstoppable.
Hitler soon announced the Nuremberg Race Laws. The Nuremberg Race Laws basically deprived the Jewish of their rights. They stated that German Jews were not allowed Reich citizenship and ordered them to not marry or have sexual relations with persons of "German or related blood." Soon after the Law was established, the Nazi party, in a way, attacked “Jewish blooded” people. If a Jewish person owned a store, they were forced to give it up. Jews were also permitted to wear a yellow Star of David,
The Jewish symbol and soon enough hundreds of Jews were left homeless and transferred to Ghettos.
Ghetto life was not at all a simple life. Residents there were given small rations of food, if any, and were forced to fit many people into a small bedroom. The only belongings these people had were pretty much what they could hold in their hands when leaving their original home. These Ghettos were now their new homes. There was even a police force there.
The police in the ghetto were not like today’s police. These police would beat the Jewish people, and would allow themselves to rummage through other’s belongings. If someone got on their nerves, as simple as 1..2..3.. The “Bugger” was killed. This obviously was not a new home.
With little food, little homes, and little hope, people started to die. Their bodies soon became emaciated from starvation.. Death became a common thing for these people living in the Ghettos, it was not easy to deal with, but they became used to seeing it. Families were soon falling apart. The question to many was “Should I save myself, or my loved one?” Many chose to save their loved one, while some believed in “Survival of the fittest”.
If these people thought they would live in a Ghetto for the rest of their lives, they were wrong. Cars would drive in, order all “Jews” to take their belongings, and get in. No, they were not going to salvation; many and most were going to their deaths. To either a work camp, or a death camp, it was all too sad.
After a drive to a train track, the “Jews” were ordered to get in a freight train. Where the train was going, no one knew. Inside the train, conditions were harsh. There was no food, no bathroom facilities, and if they were lucky, there were windows. People
would die in the train, and there was nothing the Jewish people could do about it. They could only hope to be alive the next day, to see the sunlight, and their families.
Once they arrived at the concentration camp all men old enough to work were ordered to one side, while women and children were ordered to the other side. The men were told to go inside the camps to work, and were told not to worry, that they’d see their families again. The Women were told they would be fine, that they were just going for a shower… the shower that would prevent them from seeing daylight again.
They were ordered to take off all their clothes and step into a room, hundreds at a time. Once in the room, the doors were shut and locked and “Zyklon B”,
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