Similarities And Differences Between The Holocaust And The Cambodian Genocide

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Many countries around the world have experienced turmoil and hardships. Whether it be terrorism, disease, or government. Cambodia and Europe experienced what is called a “genocide.” Many of their people were killed and tortured for religion, way of life, and/or ethnicity. Although the Holocaust and the Cambodian genocide bear pronounced similarities, the differences are just as striking. Genocide is defined as “the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group” (Merriam-Webster). In 1944, the word “genocide” was invented by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish-Jewish lawyer. This word was used to describe the German soldiers and their demolition against the Jews (What is Genocide?) The word, itself, …show more content…
The Holocaust took place under Adolf Hitler, which was the country’s sole leader. In a Holocaust history source, the writer notes that, “On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party, was named chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg after the Nazi party won a significant percentage of the vote in the elections of 1932 (An Introductory History).” The country had obviously not known the dangers of Hitler and the Nazi army since they had won a higher vote in the elections, which is peculiar. At the same time, the Cambodian genocide, who also had a sole leader, was named Pol Pot. In a P.P.U.I. article, a statement reads, “Their leader, Pol Pot, had been educated in France and was an admirer of Maoist (Chinese) communism; he was also suspicious of Vietnam 's relations with Cambodia (Cambodia 1975).” Pol Pot had wanted to reconstruct Cambodia and his influences came from that of communism in Mao’s China (Cambodia 1975). During the Holocaust, a countless amount of deaths occurred. Jennifer Rosenberg discusses the different topics of the Holocaust and she states that, “It is estimated that 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust. Six million of these were Jews (Rosenberg).” Almost all of these people were either captured or forced into a concentration camp. Likewise, the Cambodian genocide also had countless murders take place. In the same P.P.U.I. article, it states that, “Civilian deaths in this period, from executions, disease, exhaustion and starvation, have been estimated at well over 2 [million] (“Cambodia 1975”).” The majority of the population was put into farms to work as laborers and were starved and tortured. Lastly, during the Holocaust, the United States had not gotten involved. In a Holocaust encyclopedia a statement, “Despite the ongoing persecution of Jews in Germany, the State Department 's

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