Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 years ago

Can you explain/breakdown the holocaust to me?

I want to understand it a little more

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  • 9 years ago
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    The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

    During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived "racial inferiority": Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals.

    In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe stood at over nine million. Most European Jews lived in countries that Nazi Germany would occupy or influence during World War II. By 1945, the Germans and their collaborators killed nearly two out of every three European Jews as part of the "Final Solution," the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe. Although Jews, whom the Nazis deemed a priority danger to Germany, were the primary victims of Nazi racism, other victims included some 200,000 Roma (Gypsies). At least 200,000 mentally or physically disabled patients, mainly Germans, living in institutional settings, were murdered in the so-called Euthanasia Program.

    As Nazi tyranny spread across Europe, the Germans and their collaborators persecuted and murdered millions of other people. Between two and three million Soviet prisoners of war were murdered or died of starvation, disease, neglect, or maltreatment. The Germans targeted the non-Jewish Polish intelligentsia for killing, and deported millions of Polish and Soviet civilians for forced labor in Germany or in occupied Poland, where these individuals worked and often died under deplorable conditions. From the earliest years of the Nazi regime, German authorities persecuted homosexuals and others whose behavior did not match prescribed social norms. German police officials targeted thousands of political opponents (including Communists, Socialists, and trade unionists) and religious dissidents (such as Jehovah's Witnesses). Many of these individuals died as a result of incarceration and maltreatment.

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  • 9 years ago

    Rent or buy the dvd's "The World at War", about the Second World War or World War II as some call it.

    It goes into detail about Germany, Japan, the Allies, Russia, and so on. Hitler was a common soldier during the First World War and later on, he got into the communist party for a while but then he got into politics with Germany and worked his way up to become the leader, by promising the people what ever they wanted. Germany was still suffering from World War I, and was having problems with the government. Hitler eventually took over, over a period of years, and when he became top man, he eliminated all those who could oppose him. His Nazi regime took over command of Germany and the people were powerless to stop him.

    Hitler had a Jewish friend when he was in college, before he became involved with the government, but the friend left Hitler for some reason, people say that they were lovers.(Gay). Some think that is why Hitler hated Jews and wanted the world cleansed of them.

    You would have to watch the whole series of The World at War, it gives you a understanding of what went right and wrong with all sides, the mistakes made and how Hitler lost the war, where he could have possibly won it, had he done things differently.

    The holocaust was a terrible thing done to mostly Jews, although some other people were caught up in it as well. Prisoners were put to work long hours, with little food, and those who didn't work, were killed. But soon, graves were not being dug fast enough, and bullets to kill the many Jewish people just cost to much and were needed for the war, so other methods of eliminating the Jews was put into effect. Gas chambers were put in, claiming to be "showers" for the newly arriving Jews who just got off the trains. They were gased, and then cremated, to make it easier to dispose of the bodies.

    Around 6 million or so Jewish people perished in the many Elimination Camps, scattered around Germany.

    Sad, but true.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    1.) Jews/Gyspys/Morons looking for a better life get tricked.

    2.) Hitler laughs at them and destroys them and uses them to push the Nazis war efforts.

    Watch Schindlers list. It will explain everything. A little graphic, but good movie.

    @Dewheart cite source of bigger holocaust?

    And all these people saying only Jews are morons. The Nazi Holocaust was a murdering/enslaving of over 8 million people. Among then were Jews/Gypsys/Germans/And almost anyone who didn't stand for Nazi Germany.

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  • 3 years ago

    3 elementary elementary techniques to respond to this. a million.) Obidience and compliance- MIlgrams renowned study became into provoked with the help of the holocaust. He got here across, of regular usual individuals off the line, 60% might proceed electricuting some till they died (they believed) if recommended to. the assumption is you supply up duty to somebody of better rank (a matching situation became into utilized to the yank soilders bombing a villiage of ladies people and teenagers in Vietnam) 2.) Depersonalisation: after all of genocide, there are some widely used situations: an us - them innovations-set in direction of the percieved underclass, depersonalistion of the perceived underclass (Jews, darkish skinned races, homosexuals have been seen lesser than the suited race), blaming them for each and all the themes, believing that the rustic is in a state of disaster - an severe answer is mandatory, and a powerful chief 3.) extra recently, psychologists have brushed off Milgram's view a minimum of because it applies to the better point of the chain of command (it ought to nonetheless be conscious to you bulldozer driving force). numerous of the camp guards actively and imagineitively interpreted orders that did no longer actuall call for the holocaust, orders being very imprecise. there became into an air of competetion for Hitler's favour. The guards have been committed to what they have been doing, knew what they have been doing, and that they theory it became into the final situation to do. They theory they have been killing an enamy, they take on the ideology of the team that condones this behavoir many of the people who have been "to blame" have been sentenced on the nuremberg trial. Others decrease down have been extra possibly to be (or a minimum of sense) they have been only following orders, hence warding off guilt that should steer them to suicide. people who took on the ideology does not sense guilt

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  • 9 years ago

    OK...I suspect we're just doing your homework, because just googling "Holocaust" can get you amazing results.

    The term "holocaust" has its origins in Greek, meaning "sacrifice by fire" or "wholly burnt."

    The Nazi (National Socialist) party in Germany during the 1930s and into World War II had an aim to "cleanse" Germany of any "unpure" blood. Germans were to be "Aryans," the supposed Master race, a warrior people who were the supposed ancestors of ancient Germanic tribes; you had to look right, think right, and for heaven's sake, your ancestors had to be Aryans, too. Jews were especially targeted for "elimination," but homosexuals, mentally ill, handicapped, intellectually challenged, Gypsies, blacks, some national and ethnic groups, and others fell victim to the Holocaust, some prisoners of war, not to mention anyone who opposed Hitler, the Nazis, the Holocaust, etc.

    Victims were targeted and literally marked as undesirables with tattoos. Some very few were put to work doing dangerous and difficult jobs, all while subject to underfeeding and poor hygiene. Most were eliminated in many ways, among them starving them to death in ghettos or concentration camps, shooting them, or most famously, gassing them to death in large, specially built gas chambers.

    Totals for the number killed run as high as 32 million; this can be debated. Jewish victims alone are generally agreed to total 6 million.

    The Allied defeat of the Axis powers, which brought to a close World War II, also served as the end of the Nazi Holocaust. Other dictators merrily knocked off millions of their own people during the 20th century, among them Stalin in the Soviet Union (62 million people killed under Stalin and other Soviet leaders) and Mao Tse Tung in China (45 million under Mao and others). Dictators today continue, for some reason, to see Holocausts, or genocide, as some weird "solution" to whatever problems they believe they have. People around the globe continue, today, to be killed in large numbers, mostly by their own governments.

    Some morons on the planet today doubt it ever happened and believe some bizarre conspiracy among Jews, Illuminati, governments, Freemasons, Mormons -- you name it -- invented the Holocaust for the purpose of...of...??????

    There's a quick breakdown of the Holocaust.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    a holocaust is a slaughter of innocent beings on a mass scale

    and contrary to what most people believe there have been more than one and the most infamous is not even the largest.

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  • 9 years ago

    Hitler thought blonde hair, blue eyed people were superior and the Jews were inferior. Simple as that. He killed as many as possible because he could and obviously didn't have Jesus

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  • 9 years ago


    Millions of Jews dead

    Concentration camp

    SS soliders

    World war 2



    Squared mustache

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  • 9 years ago

    Basically it was systematic killing of over 6 million jews during WW2

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  • 9 years ago

    holocaust is a burnt offering.

    N.B. People like J.E.N.N. make the holocaust overrated.

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