Essay on The Holocaust

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For most people, the Holocaust evokes feelings of empathy for the victims, and anger toward the persecutors. The Holocaust, defined as “the systematic annihilation of six million Jews by the Nazi regime,” began with the rise of Nazi Germany (“A Historical Summary”). When the Germans lost World War One, the Jews received the blame. Anti-Semitism, or the hatred toward Jews, spread like wildfire throughout the nation. Hitler came to power with ideas of a master race, resulting in the persecution of many across Europe in what became known as the Holocaust. Although many contributed to the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler remains viewed as the main catalyst. Born in Austria, Hitler originated from humble roots and poor parents (Byers, Overview …show more content…
After serving his sentence in prison, Adolf focused on rebuilding the Nazi party, which he accomplished with little effort. By winning Nazi seats in the election, Hitler accomplished his next goal of seizing control of the Reichstag, the lawmaking body of Germany (32). Soon, the Reichstag consisted mainly of Nazis, and the party dominated the political spectrum (25-35). Seeing that Hitler gained much of his power legitimately, Germany’s president Paul von Hindenburg appointed him to the position of chancellor. As chancellor, Hitler finally had the power to carry out his plans. However, he had to share his powers with other cabinet members and served ultimately under the president’s command (Byers, Overview 35). Soon after Hitler’s appointment to chancellor, a fire engulfed the Reichstag building. Hitler used this mayhem to spread the fear of communism and blame alleged communists for the fire. The president then gave Adolf the authority to arrest these communistic “threats,” and Hitler used this power to remove those who opposed him (38). Finally, Hitler made the Nuremburg Laws, stripping the Jews of citizenship and their rights (42). Throughout his reign as Führer, Hitler stressed the idea of a master race referred to as the “Aryans.” As referred to in The Holocaust Overview, the Aryans were characterized as tall, blond-haired and blue-eyed

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