The Mass Killing Of Jews During World War II Essay

1251 Words Nov 19th, 2016 6 Pages
According to Webster’s Dictionary, genocide is [the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group] (Merriam-Webster, 2016). Genocide often brings up thoughts of the Holocaust, the mass killing of millions of Jews during the reign of Adolf Hitler. [The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire"] (Holocaust Encyclopedia , 2016). Because genocide is vast and so destructive, it is no wonder that is core belief runs off hatred, violence, and bigotry. Genocide first got its infamous name after World War II when the world discovered the extent of the extermination of the German citizens along with the citizens of several surrounding countries to include the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Yugoslavia, Greece, Norway and Western Poland. [The Nazi party rose to power in Germany and attacked surrounding European nations] (Reference History, 2016). While many were suffering at home with the famine and dissemination of the United States due to the cost of war, many knew not of the tragedy that took place in Europe. After the war ended, genocide became an international crime, however, the actual treaty regarding genocide wasn’t enacted until the mass genocide took place in Rwanda, Africa, killing over 7 million citizens of three different African tribes; an…

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