Why Did The Holocaust Occur? Essay
What factors led to the Holocaust?
ELA/ History 8
Mr. Zussman/ Mrs. O’Connor
3/2/15 - 4/17/15
The Holocaust was an organized, systematic genocide of those Hitler and the Nazi Party considered “inferior." They included Jews, Roma, the disabled, homosexuals, Slavic peoples, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and political rivals of the Nazi’s. There were many events that led to the Holocaust. From 1914 to 1918, World War I raged throughout Europe. Fought in the trenches, the Allies, which included Britain, France, Russia, and the United States, battled the Central Powers, which consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. On November 11, 1918, Germany signed an armistice with the Allies, ending the war. Over 16 million people were killed and 20 million were wounded, making World War I, one of the most destructive wars ever fought. “World War I had a devastating impact on Germany. Throughout World War One, the people of Germany had been led to believe by their government that they were winning the war”(http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/weimar_impact_world_war_one.htm).
The Germans had a strong sense of pride and were astonished at their loss. Throughout the war, many German leaders believed that victory was in their grasp. When they lost, all of their hopes of victory disappeared. On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the Palace of Versailles in France by the Allies, France,…