The Holocaust: Buchenwald Essay

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<b>Introduction</b>
<br>The Holocaust is the most horrifying crime against humanity of all times. "Hitler, in an attempt to establish the pure Aryan race, decided that all mentally ill, gypsies, non supporters of Nazism, and Jews were to be eliminated from the German population.He proceeded to reach his goal in a systematic scheme." One of his main methods of "doing away" with these "undesirables" was through the use of concentration camps. "In January 1941, in a meeting with his top officials, the 'final solution' was decided". The Jewish population was to be eliminated. In this paper I will discuss concentration camps with a detailed description of the worst one prior to World War II, Buchenwald.
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<br><b>Concentration
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Before the escaped prisoners got very far, they were usually killed. "When the Germans caught a Jew planning a rebellion, and the Jew refused to name his/her associates, the Germans would bring everyone from his/her barracks out and force him/her to watch the Germans mutilate the others." People who could not run away from the camps were often able to survive because they dreamt about revolt.
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<br>Special areas of a camp were set aside for medical experiments. Doctors in one medical unit performed experiments in sterilization. "He injected a substance into women's ovaries to sterilize them. The injection resulted in temperature and inflammation of the ovaries."
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<br>Joseph Mengels, one of the most notorious Nazi doctors, hummed opera tunes when selecting, among the new arrivals, the victims for the gas chambers or medical experiments. His women victims for sterilization were usually 20-30 years of age. "Other experiments included putting inmates into high pressure chambers to test the effects of altitude on pilots. Some inmates were frozen in order to determine the best way to revive frozen German soldiers."
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<br><b>Death Camps</b>
<br>"The first death camp, Chelmno, was set up in Poland on December 8, 1941. This was five weeks before the

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