The Jewish Ghettos During The Holocaust Essay

1821 Words May 24th, 2015 8 Pages
“It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed” (Elie Wiesel). Since the time of the Holocaust, ghettos have been used to segregate minorities from the rest of society. They are unsanitary and dangerous areas, set up in the dregs of society. Modern ghettos are very similar to those that were established during the Holocaust, however they still have their differences. Ghettos were formed as isolated areas for “undesirable” people out of fear, and persist today because that fear of the minority continues constantly.
Fear within the German people was the primary factor that led to the establishment of the Jewish ghettos during the Holocaust. The Nazis held a constant fear of the Jewish people. So, “As part of Adolf Hitler’s ‘final solution’ for ridding Europe of Jews, the Nazis established ghettos in areas under German control to confine Jews until they could be executed” (Warsaw Ghetto Uprising). The Germans wanted to establish a location in which they felt safe from the Jews, therefore they developed neighborhoods specifically for Jews. These neighborhoods, or ghettos, were set up so that it was impossible for the Jews to leave. The Nazis guarded the ghettos and would arrest any people who tried to leave. The fear that they held, caused them to completely segregate and oppress the Jewish people. However, many of the Jews had no idea what…

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