Factors Leading Up To The Holocaust

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The Holocaust was a tragic event that took the lives of 11 millions Jews, homosexuals, disabled people and gypsies. Although a majority of the Jews killed during the Holocaust came from Germany, a good portion also came from other European countries including Poland, France, Austria and the Netherlands. The appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933 began the twelve-year period of torment for Jewish people who lived in Europe. There are many factors that led up to the Holocaust, with a big part stemming from Germany 's loss of World War I and the lack of leadership that followed. The combination of a very unstable government and citizens eager for a leader made it easy for Hitler to come in and take control over the country. …show more content…
This new leader was Adolf Hitler. While the Weimar Republic was trying to fix the economy, Hitler was creating his National Socialist German Worker 's Party, or Nazi Party for short. Following the stock market crash in the United States, the unemployment in Germany was rising, and the government did not know what to do. The head of the German government, Chancellor Brüning, "cut government funding, wages and unemployment pay." The bitterness and anger from German citizens helped the Nazis gain power. Hitler was a new face to Germans and people thought they could trust him. Citizens started to fund him with their money over businessmen they didn 't know if they could trust or not. One of the ways Hitler was able to make people trust him was through his speeches. He was a "powerful and spellbinding speaker who attracted a wide following of Germans desperate for change." Hitler 's power grew in collaboration with the German people. He was loved and admired by Germans was could feed off the support and confidence people gave him. Hitler was able to win Democratic elections with 17 million votes because of the unconditional allegiance people gave him; all of Germany 's trust was given to …show more content…
Although it was such a horrible period of time, it is amazing to see how the thoughts of one man could affect so many people. Hitler was able to take over a country based on the effect his speeches had on the people of Germany. His prejudice towards Jewish people was spread throughout a country and had a dramatic effect on Europeans that lasted for the decades following. The Holocaust stemmed for the racial thinking of Adolf Hitler, but this might not have occurred without the German loss of World War I. This loss left Germany in such a fragile state that Hitler was able to take advantage of and spin in his favor. He used many tactics from past leaders to his advantage to brainwash the German people into believing his way of thinking was the only way. However, with all the people that believed Hitler 's thinking, there were many who stuck to their beliefs and helped out Jews by hiding them in their houses and sneaking them across borders. Several thousand Jews were rescued by business owners, such as Oskar Schindler, who posed Jews as factory workers and smuggled them out of the country by creating fake identities for them. Even though the number of Jews saved was much less then the number murdered, it is reassuring that not everyone living in Germany and the surrounding areas gave into Hitler 's racial thinking which inevitably lead to the

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