The Holocaust The Holocaust impacted the lives of many, such as the Western Europeans, The Jews and the African-Americans in the most negative way. This eventually resulted to accustomed prejudice based on race, altered attitudes and methods of extermination, which forever changed how people view humanity. “The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews”. By the year of 1945, the Germans and their collaborators killed almost two-thirds of Jews in Europe as part of the “Final Solution”.
Not only were six million Jews wiped off the face of the earth by the nazi regime, there were also the lives of 5 million others that unanticipatedly ended. When the Holocaust first started no one predicted how horrible the outcome would be, except for Hitler. “Groups such as handicaps, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents and others were persecuted by Nazis because their religious/political beliefs, physical defects, or failure to fall into the “Aryan” idea”.
These people were killed just because they were a bit different from everyone else. [Racism] was always an essential part of German National Socialism, also known as Nazism. The Holocaust was a very cruel and racial time period for the Jews. Hitler and the Nazi leader had very discriminating views on the Jews. They viewed the Jews as a non-religious group and a “poisonous race, which lived off the other races”. However there were also others who were strongly affected by Hitler’s new principles, like the African-Americans.
Although there was no arranged program for their elimination, like there was for the Jews, the Black people in Nazi Germany during the twentieth century were extremely mistreated. They were persecuted, isolated, imprisoned, or murdered. According to one of Nazi’s theories about race, Germans and other sorts of Europeans were “Aryans”. Aryan’s were people who had blonde hair and blue eyes. In order to distinguish between Aryans and non-aryan, the nazi preformed bogus experiments. Even they could not find any biological differences; The Nazi’s continued to carry on with the experiments.
Hitler pronounced “ his race must be pure in order to one day take over the world”. When Hitler came into power these beliefs became into government ideology, and was spread out to the public. The holocaust changed the attitude of Jews towards human race during that time era. Due to Hitler and the Nazi’s actions millions of innocent people were horridly killed, Anne Frank was one of them. However unlike all the others, Anne Frank had the opportunity to tell us her story, which touched the heart of many. Anne Frank was born on June 12th 1929, in Frankfurt Germany.
In the first 5 years of her life she lived with her parents and her older sister Margot in an apartment. After the Nazi’s came into power, the Franks fled to Amsterdam, where Anne’s father had business connections. When the Germans occupied Amsterdam in 1940, and build a transit camp near them, the Franks went into hiding. Anne and her family kept secret in hiding for 2 years. Unfortunately, when the Gestapo’s (German secret state police) discovered their hiding place, they all got sent to a concentration camp. Anne and her sister got transferred to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, while their parents were still in Auschwitz.
On March 1945, Anne and her sister died from Typhus. While in hiding, Anne kept a diary where she wrote about her fears, hopes and experiences. This diary was found in the Franks hiding place, the diary was kept by one of the people who helped hide the Franks. Later on it was published, and is now what we know as “The Diary of Anne Frank”. At such a young age Anne Franks life was changed. She had to go through experiences that eventually lead to her death. Anne went from living a normal, happy life too living a life filled with misery.
Throughout this time period, for the first time in history of mankind industrial plants were used to kill people. Soon, concentration camps were discovered. Concentration camps annihilated Jews one after the other. Nazi, Germany discovered about 20,000 camps to imprison its high number of victims. In the 6 million Jews that were killed in the Holocaust, approximately 3 million died due to the concentration camp. These camps were used for many reasons such as forced-labor camps, transit camps and extermination camps that were used particularly for mass murder.
In the earlier camps, there were highly efficient gas chambers. Later on, Zyklon-B pellets and lethal injections were used to kill sick prisoners. However, nothing was as bad as the shootings, hangings and the fatal beatings. Not only were the concentration camps a huge part of the Jews extermination, when the World War II had taken place, the leaders of the Nazi groups had set up a procedure that was referred as the “ethnic housecleaning”. This newfound policy included the assassination of the “enemies” (Jews), and the demolition of the Slavic peoples leadership.