The Holocaust

by Leanne Nulty

 

What is the Holocaust?  The mass killing of the Jews.
What is Anti-Semitism? The intense dislike and prejudice against Jews.

The Jews were hated in Germany during the 1930s for many reasons.

  • Jews were considered to be very wealthy and powerful because of their positions in the banks,
  • The Nazis considered the Germans to be the Herrenvolk (master race) and Jews were not part of that,
  • The Jews were used as scapegoats and were blamed for WWI,
  • The Jews claimed to be the chosen people,
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Anti Jewish propaganda

Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: ‘by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for
the work of the Lord.’
-Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf) 
The Star of David

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Jews were forced to wear a yellow Star of David so they could be identified during the Holocaust.
  • During World War II, ghettos in occupied Europe 1939-1944 were established by the Nazis to confine Jews and sometimes Gypsies into tightly packed areas of the cities of Eastern Europe. The biggest Ghetto in Nazi Europe was in Warsaw.
  • The Jews were sent to concentration camps where they were killed.
  • The most well known of these camps was Auschwitz in Poland.

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