Night Of Broken Glass: The Persecution Of The Holocaust

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The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi rule and its collaborators . The Holocaust being merely a culmination of Nazi persecution is true to a large extent and was meticulously planned and preceded by Hitler and his party. Laws of Jewish exclusion were enforced in 1935 and marked the beginning of the Nazi oppression. In1939, Nazi’s then pressured the Jewish society into deportation and Ghettoization before 1942, where the Jews were forced into the ‘Final solution’ and mass genocide. These three differentiating occurrences prove that the holocaust was a culmination of the Nazi’s systematic persecution of the Jews.

Although the Holocaust is mainly viewed as events
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The outbreak of violence against the Jewish community began in November of 1938, in a night known as ‘The Night of Broken Glass’, or Kristallnacht, which is now seen as the first major act of violence within the ever-developing Holocaust. This night marked the transition of the Nazi policy against Jews from merely social exclusion, the removal of legal rights and economic boycotts, to organized physical violence and murder. As such, some consider ‘The Night of Broken Glass’ as a mark to the actual beginning of the Holocaust – which is where the date when anti-Jewish persecution in Germany began moving toward genocide . This opinion though, does not consider the amount of support the Nazi party would have needed by the public to undertake/enforce such brutality without mass backlash. In 1942, once approved by Hitler himself and after the ghettoization of the majority of the Jewish population, the ‘Final Solution’ brought with it the next major influx of violence against the Nazi victims. After constructed, in 1943, this included the transference to death and concentration camps, where, if they survived the journey, would be exterminated immediately, or worked to death. The methodical way Hitler went about transferring and uprooting the Jews, especially to the concentration camps, even after the initial arrest of 50,000 in 1938. These camps were used as a form of punishment, and were very much unknown of existence. Hitler himself stated, "When I came to power, I did not want the concentration camps to become old age pensioners homes, but instruments of terror." . The intentions for the camps usage were malicious and subsequent to the construction within 1938- not

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