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  • THE HOLOCAUST: 1933-1945
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  • Introduction Holocaust The word holocaust is the Greek for sacrifice by fire. The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime. To put this in perspective, in 1933 the European Jewish population was roughly 9 million. Genocide: The deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.
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  • Armenian Genocide - 1915-1918 - 1,500,000 Deaths The Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th Century, occurred when two million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportations and massacres. Cambodia Genocide (Pol Pot) - 1975-1979 - 2,000,000 Deaths An attempt by Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot to form a Communist peasant farming society resulted in the deaths of 25 percent of the country's population from starvation, overwork and executions. Genocide in Rwanda - 1994 - 800,000 Deaths Beginning on April 6, 1994, and for the next hundred days, up to 800,000 Tutsis were killed by Hutu militia using clubs and machetes, with as many as 10,000 killed each day. Bosnia Genocide - 1992-1995 - 200,000 Deaths In the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, conflict between the three main ethnic groups, the Serbs, Croats, and Muslims, resulted in genocide committed by the Serbs against the Muslims in Bosnia.
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  • Anti-Semitism The term Semitic refers to a language group; by extension it refers to anyone who originally spoke this language, in particular the religious groups: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The term anti-Semite has come to refer most commonly to an attitude of hostility towards Jews in particular.
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  • Anti-Semitism Anti-Semitism has its roots in the diaspora (dispersal) of the Jews after the destruction of the Temple of Jerulsalem in 70 AD by the Roman Empire. In 135 CE Jerusalem was razed by Emperor Hadrian when he established a new city called Aelia Capitolina. The Jewish people moved throughout Europe. They tended to establish closed communities (to maintain the integrity of their faith). They also tended to be educated (note a Bar Mitzvah entailed learning to read) so they ended in positions of management. These factors tended to engender jealousy of the Jews among locals.
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  • Anti-Semitism Anti-Semitism existed in Germany and other European counties before the Nazi party came to power in 1933. Politically, Hitler used prevailing anti-Semitism to help build a German nationalism (us against them type of mentality). Hitler also believed in the Germans as a master race. He wanted Germany to be populated by a pure Aryan race. Hitler aimed for the removal of all individuals or groups defined as racial, political or social enemies. These included Jews, Slavs and Siniti/Roma (Gypsies), Communists, the disabled, and homosexuals. See visual overview of Holocaust
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  • In his book, Mein Kampf (My Struggle) (1925-27) he claimed there was a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world Hitlers anti-Semitism Hitler saw the Jews as responsible for state of Germany after World War I.
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  • The black-haired Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end, satanically glaring at and spying on the unsuspicious girl whom he plans to seduce, adulterating her blood and removing her from the bosom of her own people. The Jew uses every possible means to undermine the racial foundations of a subjugated people. The Jews were responsible for bringing negroes into the Rhineland, with the ultimate idea of bastardizing the white race which they hate and thus lowering its cultural and political level so that the Jew might dominate. Economically he brings about the destruction of the State by a systematic method of sabotaging social enterprises until these become so costly that they are taken out of the hands of the State and then submitted to the control of Jewish finance. Politically he works to withdraw from the State its means of subsistence, inasmuch as he undermines the foundations of national resistance and defense, destroys the confidence which the people have in their Government, reviles the past and its history and drags everything national down into the gutter. Of religion he makes a mockery. Morality and decency are described as antiquated prejudices and thus a systematic attack is made to undermine those last foundations on which the national being must rest if the nation is to struggle for its existence in this world. A. Hitler, Mein Kampf
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  • Nazi portrayal of Jews Nazi propaganda presented the Jew as greedy, evil, cowardly and backstabbing. They were blamed for Germanys political and financial failures post-WWI. They were portrayed as the slayers of Christ and accused of being witches. Hitler believed in eugenics (improving a race by selective breeding) and adopted the idea of genocide resulting in the Final Solution. Propaganda is the spreading of information, ideas, or rumours deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
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  • Holocaust timeline Rise of the Nazi Party (1918-1933). During the fourteen years following the end of World War I, the Nazi party grew from a small political group to the most powerful party in Germany.Rise of the Nazi Party (1918-1933). Nazification (1933-1939). Once Hitler became Chancellor and later Reichsfhrer, the Nazi party quickly changed Germany's political, social, and economic structure.Nazification (1933-1939). The Ghettos (1939-1941). Confining Jews to ghettos was another critical step in Hitler's Final Solution.The Ghettos (1939-1941). The Camps (1941-1942). The concentration camps were Hitler's final step in the annihilation of the Jews.The Camps (1941-1942). Resistance (1942-1944). People resisted by any means possible, from stealing a slice of bread to sabotaging Nazi installations.Resistance (1942-1944). Rescue and Liberation (1944-1945). Some survived through the heroics of neighbours; others were liberated by the Allies.Rescue and Liberation (1944-1945). Aftermath (1945-2000). After the war, Nazi perpetrators faced punishment for their war crimes and survivors began rebuilding their lives.Aftermath (1945-2000).
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  • 1933Hitler becomes German Chancellor and President Der Sturmer (anti-Semitic news publication) - Jews are our misfortune SS sets up concentration camps for political prisoners (Dachau) Enabling Act passed (law that made Hitler dictator of Nazi Germany); separation of Jews from Germans Jews in public office are ordered to retire 1934 Establishment of the Gestapo (secret state police1934) Hitler becomes Fhrer of Germany 1935Nuremburg Laws Jews are no longer German citizens/marry non-Jews 1936 SS Deathshead Unit put in charge of concentration camps 1938 Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass)anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish businesses, people, and synagogues [See video regarding the Night here]here 200,000 sent to camps 1939Euthanasia program begins; Jews forced to wear yellow star; mass use of ghettos
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  • Ghettos From 1939, hundreds of ghettos, old slum areas designated for Jews only, were created in large towns and cities. They were originally created as a provisional measure to control and segregate Jews. Creation of Final Solution (1941) made ghettos relatively useless & many were destroyed. Largest ghetto in Poland = Warsaw; over 400,000 Jews in 1.3 square miles See Warsaw ghetto history
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  • Extermination camps Between 1942 to 1943 the Nazis deported Jews to concentration camps in Poland. Deportation was code for mass murder. Jews were transferred from the ghettos to extermination camps to be gassed.
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  • The murder in extermination camps was intended to be humiliating and as dehumanizing as possible. To avoid resistance, Nazi guards often told groups that they were being taken to showers for delousing.
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  • Auschwitz See video regarding Auschwitz
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  • The Holocaust: Aftermath What was the aftermath? Migration Creation of state of Israel 1948 International war laws Psychological effect on survivors Resurgence of anti-Semitism War criminals brought to justice Remembrance memorials See flash video regarding aftermath


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