Ghettos Essay

Casey Delaune
Mrs. Cranston
American History II Honors
22 December 2016
Ghettos: The Beginning of the End Adolf Hitler came to power over Germany in January of 1933. He hated Jews, among many other groups of people, and blamed them for the problems of the world. Hitler believed in a plan to “exterminate” the Jewish population in Europe. By the end of World War II, nearly twelve million people were murdered, more than half of them Jewish. Before taken to concentration camps, victims were forced into ghettos in Eastern Europe established by the Nazi government. As more and more Jews arrived to the ghettos, it was obvious that they were greatly overcrowded and unhygienic they were. The Nazis soldiers knew that they had great power over the Jews,
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The overall goal of the ghettos was to isolate the Jewish populations from the rest of the world. Most in very vacant parts of cities, the ghettos were surrounded by fences and barbed wire to ensure no one would be able to get out. When the ghettos were first established, they were intended to be temporary, but ended up being much more than that. The largest ghettos were inhabited in Poland, with the first one being the Warsaw ghetto in October 1939. Warsaw occupied more than 400,000 Jews and a few hundred Roma and Sinti (Gypsies) crowded together in an area that was only 1.3 square miles (“Ghettos”). Among the Warsaw ghetto, other large ghettos were established in the cities of: Lodz, Krakow, Bialystok, Lvov, Lublin, Vilna, Kovno, and Minsk. The ghettos were the starting point of the Holocaust, that caused much death and grief for the Jewish people. After the point of Jews being taken to the camps, they were completely …show more content…
Soon the ghettos would be completely destroyed and people would cram into train cars so tightly that there was no room to move. Of course, no one knew that they would be going to a Nazi concentration camp where you either died right away, or worked yourself to death. They had to sit through very long and uncomfortable journeys with no food, water, bathroom, or sanitation making the rides much longer. The blistering heat made it unbearable to breathe, and winter caused people to freeze to death. These deportations to the camps caused thousands of deaths before arrival to the camps. The overall end solution to this problem of the Jewish people was to “exterminate” them at great numbers at a time to ensure a total wipe out of an entire group. All in all, the ghettos of the Holocaust were just the beginning of Hitler’s plan of extermination. The Nazi party was responsible for the horrifying murders of twelve million people in Europe. Warsaw and Lodz held two of the largest ghettos that was the start of a horrible future for the Jewish people. Jewish ghettos were an overall start to a downward spiral of death and

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