Genocide Vs Kocide

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Cockroaches. Dogs. These names made it easier. They made it easier to senselessly kill not only thousands, but millions without thinking. Without even blinking an eye. How did they do it? How did the Germans slaughter over six million Jews? How did the Hutu militia murder over eight hundred thousand people in what is the fastest killing spree in history? They were simply underestimated. No one could have foreseen what devastation the oppressors brought. The Germans and the Hutu used the eight stages of genocide to create this madness. The genocide of the Jewish and Tutsi people can be seen through their similarities, like the stages of classification and symbolization, and through their differences, like the stages of dehumanization, organization, …show more content…
The Jews had prolonged suffering compared to the Tutsi. The stage of polarization was slow as they gained new laws that isolated them little by little. For instance, the Jews started off with the synagogues closing, then they could not leave their house at certain times, and soon after, they could not own any valuables or use the trains, and then finally, the Nuremberg Laws came (Weisel). The Nuremberg Laws prevented the Jews and Aryans from getting married and from having sexual relations (Berenbaum). Meanwhile, the Tutsi did not suffer as long. The genocide was seemingly sparked by the murder of Rwanda’s president, Habyarimana, when his plane was shot down in the Kigali, the capital of Rwanda (White). Many rumors claim that the Hutu shot down the plane and blamed it on the Tutsi, so they had a reason to kill them. Since the plane crash was so sudden, preparation for the genocide was fast-paced. The Hutu set up roadblocks and took over the streets before killing the Tutsi, whereas, the Germans took their sweet time (White). At first, the Jews were packed into ghettos, like Warsaw, and then they got shipped off to the camps. Once they reached the camps, they were given tattoos to make roll cal easier for the Germans (Weisel). It is obvious that Germans and the Hutu were prepared to do their …show more content…
Once the Hutu set up the roadblocks, they grabbed machetes, the most prominent weapon of the genocide, and took aim at innocent Tutsi civilians (Foden). Eventually, the Tutsi started to hide, but the Hutu would hunt them down and execute them. When the Tutsi hid in groups, it was easier for the Hutu to kill them because they would thrown in hand grenades to kill them all at once. The mass genocide went on like that for one hundred days and over eight hundred thousand were led to their doom (Foden). Unlike the Rwandans, the Jews suffered in concentration camps, or commonly known as extermination camps, where there was a gas chamber complete with a crematorium. The Jews were either gassed, worked to death, or sometimes both before their bodies were sent to the crematorium to be burned (Weisel). These camps were part of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to rid Europe of the Jewish population. At the end of the Holocaust, over six million Jews were killed (Berenbaum). As if the genocide was not enough, the aftermath was the definition of mess. Trials, like the Nurnberg Trials, were held to bring the Germans to justice, but it did little as they could not persecute every Nazi. The German government started paying back all of the victims for their losses during the wars, but paintings, other artworks, and insurance money had the Jews jumping through

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