Compare And Contrast Holocaust And Rwanda

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It is estimated that six million Jews were killed as a direct result of the Nazi Holocaust. (the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n/a) From April to July of 1994, as many as 800,000 people were murdered during the Rwanda Genocide. (History.com Staff, 2009) In this essay, I will compare the similarities and differences of the Nazi Holocaust and the Genocide of Rwanda.
Adolf Hitler was the man behind the Holocaust. Before the Nazi Holocaust began, Hitler joined the National German Worker’s Party. He made this a political party and renamed it the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP). This was known as the Nazis to English speakers. In July of 1921, Hitler became the Chairman of this party. The Nazi party began to draw in thousands of new members, most of which were subject to hyper-inflation and found comfort in blaming the Jews for their troubles. On November 8, 1923, Hitler and his Nazis, with the help of General Erich Ludendorff, organized a rally in the Munich beer hall and proclaimed a revolution. The next day, Hitler led 2,000 armed “brown shirts” to take over the Bavarian government. The police easily put down the
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Six million European Jews were killed in the Holocaust while 800,000 Tutsis were killed in the Rwanda Genocide. Both instances of genocide were fueled by racial tensions and were both fueled by the government. The Hutus believed the world would be better by exterminating the Tutsi population, as the Nazis believe the world would be a better place if they exterminate the Jewish population. In Rwanda, ordinary citizens used machetes to slaughter the Tutsis, while in Germany, German troops gathered Jews into death camps where they would gather thousands of Jews into a room and fill the room with a toxic gas. Both instances of genocide were very similar, however, the Nazi Holocaust was on a much larger scale. That’s why it gets its own special name.

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