An Overview of the Holocaust

An Overview of the Holocaust History tends to repeat itself and to avoid, we must learn from it. That is why students learn about the Holocaust in history classes. This is despite the fact of it being one of the most horrific events in world history. Here is what you need to know to write a holocaust research paper. After World War I, the Nazi party was formed, and it started to be popular in the twenties. Germany had just lost the First World War, and they had to pay a lot of money. This resulted in the people, who were needy and desperate, to turn to the Nazi’s for hope. The Nazis were racists and thought of themselves to be superior. Anti-Semitic is a way to describe them too. They despised other races and believed that Germany should only be of a pure race: Aryans. Their narcissistic way of thinking led to them undermining the Jews, gays, and disabled people. Adolf Hitler, being the party leader, declared himself Fuhrer (Sovereign leader of Germany) after the death of President Hindenburg in 1934.

An Overview of the Holocaust

The Nazis’ main focus was in the purity of the Aryan race, the greatness of Germany, and supremacy of the Fuhrer- Hitler himself. Concentration camps were created to become a place where “enemies of the state” were imprisoned and forced to work. The people taken were Jews. Most of them died due to terrible conditions, while guards mercilessly killed others. On November 9th, 1938, there was mass persecution of Jews. It is known as Kristallnacht- the night of broken glass. This refers to the glass all over then streets that were smashed from shops that were raided. That night 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps. The Nazis then sought ways to kill a large number of people. That is how they came up with extermination camps. The largest and most notable being Auschwitz-Birkenau. Hundreds of thousands of people died in the period between 1939 and 1945. Towards the end of World War II, people were freed after the US, Britain, the Soviet Union and other allies found the camps and realized how they treated the people. On January 27th, every year, the people of the UK mark Holocaust Memorial Day. This was the date when the Army of the Soviet Union freed the largest extermination camp- Auschwitz-Birkenau. On December 11th, 1946, the United Nations declared that genocide is a crime according to international law. It is, however, sad that Hitler didn’t pay for his sins since he killed himself before the end of World War II