Analysis of the Holocaust

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Analysis of the Holocaust

Of all the examples of injustice against humanity in history, the
Jewish Holocaust has to be one of the most prominent. In the period
of 1933 to 1945, the Nazis waged a vicious war against Jews and other
"lesser races". This war came to a head with the "Final Solution" in
1938. One of the end results of the Final Solution was the horrible
concentration and death camps of Germany, Poland, and other parts of
Nazi-controlled Europe. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, people
around the world were shocked by final tallies of human losses, and
the people responsible were punished for their inhuman acts. The
Holocaust was a dark time in the history of the 20th century.
One can trace the beginnings of the Holocaust as far back as 1933,
when the Nazi party of Germany, lead by Adolf Hitler, came to power.
Hitler\'s anti-Jew campaign began soon afterward, with the "Nuremberg
Laws", which defined the meaning of being Jewish based on ancestry.
These laws also forced segregation between Jews and the rest of the
public. It was only a dim indication of what the future held for
European Jews.

Anti-Jewish aggression continued for years after the passing of the
Nuremberg Laws. One of these was the "Aryanization" of Jewish
property and business. Jews were progressively forced out of the
economy of Germany, their assets turned over to the government and the
German public. Other forms of degradation were pogroms, or organized
demonstrations against Jews. The first, and most infamous, of these
pogroms was Krystallnacht, or "The night of broken glass". This
pogrom was prompted by the assassination of Ernst von Rath, a German
diplomat, by Herschel Grymozpan in Paris on November 7th, 1938. Two
days later, an act of retaliation was organized by Joseph Gobbels to
attack Jews in Germany. On the nights of November 9th and 10th, over
7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, 175 synagogues demolished,
nearly 100 Jews had been killed, and thousands more had been injured,
all for the assassination of one official by a Jew ("Holocaust, the."
Microsoft Encarta 96). In many ways, this was the first major act of
violence to Jews made by the Nazis. Their intentions were now clear.
The Nazi\'s plans for the Jews of Europe were outlined in the "Final
Solution to the Jewish question" in 1938. In a meeting of some of
Hitler\'s top officials, the idea of the complete annihilation of Jews
in Europe was hatched. By the time

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