The Beginning Of The End Essay

1001 Words Dec 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Casey Delaune
Mrs. Cranston
American History II Honors
22 December 2016
Ghettos: The Beginning of the End Adolf Hitler came to power over Germany in January of 1933. He hated Jews, among many other groups of people, and blamed them for the problems of the world. Hitler believed in a plan to “exterminate” the Jewish population in Europe. By the end of World War II, nearly twelve million people were murdered, more than half of them Jewish. Before taken to concentration camps, victims were forced into ghettos in Eastern Europe established by the Nazi government. As more and more Jews arrived to the ghettos, it was obvious that they were greatly overcrowded and unhygienic they were. The Nazis soldiers knew that they had great power over the Jews, thus making it very easy to manipulate them. The ghettos became the first step to the demise of the Jewish population. A ghetto is defined as a part of a city that is occupied by a minority group, being segregated from the rest of the area. The overall goal of the ghettos was to isolate the Jewish populations from the rest of the world. Most in very vacant parts of cities, the ghettos were surrounded by fences and barbed wire to ensure no one would be able to get out. When the ghettos were first established, they were intended to be temporary, but ended up being much more than that. The largest ghettos were inhabited in Poland, with the first one being the Warsaw ghetto in October 1939. Warsaw occupied more than 400,000 Jews and a few…

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