Essay on The Genocide Of The Holocaust

1534 Words Nov 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Raphael Lemkin (1946) defined genocide as the deliberate killing of people who belong to a racial, political, or cultural group (Genocide, 1946, p 227). Genocide often brings up thoughts of the Holocaust, the mass killing of millions of Jews during the reign of Adolf Hitler. The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire" (Holocaust Encyclopedia , 2016). Because genocide is vast and so destructive, it is no wonder that is core belief runs off hatred, violence, and bigotry.
Throughout this paper, a breakdown of what Genocide is and some of the areas of the world that genocide has affected will be discussed. Additionally, a couple variations will be touched on to include the Holocaust and the mass genocide in Rwanda. Genocide is most commonly known for its terror when it was used to kill millions of Jews during WWII.
Genocide first got its infamous name after World War II when the world discovered the extent of the extermination of the German citizens along with the citizens of several surrounding countries to include the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Yugoslavia, Greece, Norway and Western Poland. The Nazi party rose to power in Germany and attacked surrounding European nations (Reference History, 2016). Adolf Hitler used concentration camps, gas chambers, and random killings to rid society of…

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