Story of the Holocaust
The holocaust was the effort of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party in
Germany to exterminate the Jews and other people that they considered
to be inferior. As a result about twelve million people, about half
of them Jews, were murdered.
The murders were done by every means imaginable but most of the
victims perished as a result of shooting, starvation, disease and
poison gas. Others were tortured to death or perished in horrible
Hitler took power in Germany in 1933 and almost immediately began the
chain of events that led to the holocaust. This first phase was the
persecution of Jews in Germany and the other countries invaded by
Hitler. This lasted until 1941.
During this period, while Hitler built his power, ...view middle of the document...
They arrested Jews and other victims ran the concentration camps and
organised the murder squads.
During the first part of the extermination one and a half million Jews
and other civilians were murdered by military groups which rounded
them up and shot them.
Gradually the emphasis changed to concentration camps, where the
prisoners worked to death as slave labourers.
Also there was another type of camp called an extermination camp in
which the victims were murdered in gas chambers.
The most famous of these camps was Auschwitz, which was a combination
of both types of camp – concentration and extermination in one place.
Approximately one million and three hundred thousand people perished
at this camp (Auschwitz) alone and approximately one million of these
people died in the gas chambers yet that still left three hundred
thousand dying from over working and/or exhaustion.
The Nazi’s targeted many groups for persecution, among these people
were – Catholics, Poles, Homosexuals, Jehovah witnesses, communists –
yet only three groups were chosen for systematic extermination.
These groups were:
Sometime in 1944 it became obvious to some Nazi leaders (excluding
Hitler) that they would be soon defeated and put on trial for what
they had done. Several leaders, including one of the worst of the
criminals – Heinrich Himler tried to make deals with the allies
closing in on Nazi Germany.
As a result of this the actual extermination stopped in November 1944,
although thousands of people continued to die in the numerous
extermination and concentration camps.
But by this time most of the Jews who had resided in Europe before and
millions of other innocent civilians were dead.
Yet the war took another six months to finally finish.