Antisemitism In The Holocaust

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The Holocaust of the Jewish people in Eastern Europe during World War II under Hitler’s Third Reich is one of the most well documented horrors of the 20th century. The extermination of six millions Jews shocked and disgusted the world. However anti-Semitism, the prejudice against, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews as an ethnic, religious, or racial group, was not something birthed in the twentieth century with the rise of Hitler. World War II did not invent anti-Semitism, the historical prejudiced against the Jewish people has its roots in ancient history. Anti-Semitism dates back hundred of years, the holocaust simply marked the first mass genocide of the Jewish people. Why the Jews were singled out for extermination lives in the history …show more content…
However, unlike other countries, Germany was decimated at the end of World War I, forced to make partitions to the other countries, and put in a state of extreme poverty and bankruptcy. Germany was deeply damaged and upset so they resorted to blaming the Jews for all of their problems. (Anti-Semitism in History: World War I) Hitler rose to power under the guise and premise to rebuild Germany, and rid them of their Jewish problem. We see this in the distributing yet powerful propaganda posters that capitalized on the stereotypes were built through years of antisemitism. (“Satan has taken off his mask”). With over two thousand years of defamation of the Jews, Hitler’s convincing German people of the ‘Jewish Problem’ was relatively easily, and their executions were carried out with that same ease. The Nazis saw the death of six million men, women and children. Those who survived, like famed author in the memoir Night Elie Weisel, felt like they had little words to describe the horrors. However, those who did survive, had a powerful notion to share what happened, to become testaments of the horrors that discrimination and prejudice can amount too, and how so many lives can be destroyed so easily. (NPR “A God who

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