Nutrition In The Holocaust

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The bases of many arguments over the Holocaust focused on the numbers of victims it claimed during the Second World War. Historians tend to discuss how the Nazi Party managed to kill millions of people in a handful of years by explaining the extensive work within the labor camps and gas chambers that were spread out in a number of concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Sobibór. Although lack of nutrition was implied, many do not seem to realize the impact food had on the human body when put under large amounts of stress. Inefficient sustenance can leave the body vulnerable, compromising the immune system which leaves it more susceptible to diseases. There have been articles discussing the rampant spread of illnesses like typhus throughout …show more content…
Web MD suggests to eat in moderation along with putting some type of variety amongst the meals that are being prepared. These meals should touch on every food group especially when it comes to needed vitamins and proteins. On the other hand, one can infer how impossible variety and moderation were to control in a camp and when such choices were taken from them, considerable weight loss was the unavoidable conclusion. Of course, when one tends to eat smaller meals, some weight is expected to be lost over a period time. Healthy weight loss is supposed to be taking at a moderate pace in order to let the body adjust to the dietary changes (“Healthy Eating-Overview). In the case of camps like Salaspills and Warsaw (among many others), the food regiment was put in place as soon as a prisoner arrived which allowed no time for the body to modify its needs. An average Jewish male would weigh around 160 pounds at the point of arrival to a camp since many were weighed in order to track their overall decline (Aroneanu). However, many survivors have testified to have weighed no more than 60 to 85 pounds at the time of liberation. Losing almost a hundred pounds in a matter of months can have drastic effects on the human body, making it vulnerable to diseases and eventually death. The images below are the comparison of victims before the onset of starvation, during imprisonment, and after surviving the

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