Essay on The German Invasion Of Western Poland

756 Words May 17th, 2016 4 Pages
• The German invasion of Western Poland on 1 September 1939 led to the start of the Second World War (WW2). Between 1939 and June 1941 the German army invaded and occupied many countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Yugoslavia, Greece, Norway and Western Poland. By this time many millions of Jews were living in territories under German control.
• The experience of Jews in countries that were invaded and occupied by the Nazis was often quite similar to that of the Jews within Germany. However, what was different was the speed at which the Nazis enacted anti-Jewish measures.
• The Holocaust (Shoah) was a exclusive event in 20th century history. It progressed slowly between 1933 and 1945. It began with prejudice; then the Jews were alienated from their family, homes and victimized; and ultimately they were treated as less than human beings and murdered.
• During the Second World War the Nazis wanted to murder the entire Jewish inhabitants of Europe and to obliterate its way of life. In 1941 there were about 11 million Jews living in Europe; by May 1945 the Nazis had murdered six million of them. One-and-a-half million of these was young children.
• These are now called the events known as the Holocaust.
• When World War II began in September 1939, there were roughly 1.6 million Jewish kids living in the provenances that the German armies or their allies would take over. When the war in Europe was finished in May 1945, more than 1 million and…

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