The Genocide Of The Jewish And Tutsi People Essay

1255 Words Nov 12th, 2015 6 Pages
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, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial. Although the genocides of the Tutsi and Jewish people occurred in different time periods, they share the same stages of classification and symbolization. The Germans, otherwise known as Aryans, made it clear that the Jews were polluting Germany, and they needed to be dealt with. First, they had to distinguish the Jews from the “clean” German population by searching their ancestry. If you had four Jewish grandparents, you were full Jewish, and if you had two Jewish grandparents, you were considered a half-breed (Berenbaum). In some cases, the Germans even looked for your hair color and eye color. Similarly, the Hutu distinguished themselves from the Tutsi by their appearance…

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