Essay on A Mass Of Devastating Events During World War II

1687 Words Dec 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
A mass of devastating events took place throughout World War II. One of the biggest was the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a mass genocide of European Jews, gypsies and homosexuals. The Holocaust took place over the course of twelve years. Although the exact number is not known and estimated eleven million people died as a result of the Holocaust, six million of those people being Jewish. The Holocaust started in 1933 when Hitler came to power in Germany. It ended in 1945 when the Nazis were defeated by the Allied powers. The Holocaust is one of the biggest genocides in history and has caused negative effects on those involved.
Anti- semitism existed before World War II it did not begin with Adolf Hitler like many believe. The use of the term actually originated around the 1870s. There is a great deal of evidence of hostility towards Jews long before the Holocaust. For example, Roman authorities destroyed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem and forced Jews to leave Palestine. Religious toleration began in the Enlightenment period during the 17th and 18th centuries. Before joining the Nazis, Adolf Hitler served in the first World War. Like many anti-semites in Germany he blamed Jews for their country 's defeat in 1918. After the war, Hitler joined the National German Worker’s Party which is known to English speakers as the Nazis. While being imprisoned for treason for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, Hitler wrote a memoir and propaganda tract Mein Kampf which translates…

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