Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust
Have you ever visited the holocaust museum? Located in Washington D.C., it is a place were we honor the people who died in the Final Solution . The Final Solution was a plan made by adolf hitler to kill off the jews. German authorities persecuted other groups on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds. Among them were Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals. I wonder what the reality was in that time and place.
The one who started it all Adolf Hitler. Adolf was born in 1889, April 20th and died April 30th, 1945. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary. He was leader of the Nazi Party. Adolf rose to power in Germany as Chancellor in 1933 and Fuhrer (“”Leader””) in 1934. During his dictatorship from 1933 to 1945, he initiated World War II in Europe by invading Poland in September 1939, and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust. In addition the Nazis first crime was burning the Reichstag building. Popularly known as the Reichstag Fire Decree, it suspended freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the right to assembly, and permitted the regime to arrest and incarcerate political opponents without specific charge. The fire was blamed on 24-year-old Dutch Communist stonemason, Marinus van der Lubbe, who was arrested at the scene. But while he was initially dismissed abroad as a Nazi tool, post-war historians since the 1960s have largely judged him solely guilty “a lone arsonist exploited by Hitler. Then to start the terrorizing the Nazis open the first concentration camp, Dachau Concentration Camp. Hitler open this camp shortly after Adolf became chancellor of germany. He would then go on to start world war 2.
On september 1st 1939 germany invaded poland. this was the start of the second world war. In 1940 april 9th they wanted all of western europe, they invaded Norway, Denmark, Holland, And Belgium. Then attacks were happening all over the world, including The Attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor (called Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters. The Battle of Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941.
The US was soon attacked by japan which urged them to declare war but not just with Japan, they also declared war with germany. It was a full fledged fight by France, Britain, and the USA to end the holocaust. They fought and worked together to end this. The Holocaust lasted for 12 years, until 1945. Starting as early as 1944, the Allies were advancing on the Germans finally and they began taking over their camps. In July 1944, Majdanek, to their relief poland was liberated by the soviets. This was followed by many more liberations and takeovers as the Americans and other Allies slowly removed Hitler from power. In January 1945, Auschwitz was liberated. This was the biggest camp in the Nazi territory and it was also the one where the most deaths occurred. The liberation of this camp was a major milestone in the end of the Holocaust. By the end of the war, there were some 50,000 to 100,000 survivors that were living in occupied Europe. Within just a year after the removal of Adolf Hitler from power, that number quickly climbed to over 200,000 survivors. Camps were built for Jewish displaced persons, who couldn’t return to their homes because of the horror and threats of danger from lingering anti-Semitic residents of the countries. They were emigrated to Israel, Palestine, and the United States primarily, while some went to other countries. Camps which held the displaced persons (DP) they were rehomed to a better place. When the Allied forces finally invaded Germany in 1945, Adolf Hitler knew he was defeated. Whether out of cowardice and fear of punishment, or based on Nazi ideals of death before dishonor, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in April of 1945 before the Allies had a chance to capture him. Thousands of Nazis committed suicide during this year, as they were taught that it was a more favorable option than being captured and punished for their beliefs. However, hundreds more were caught and punished for their involvement in the Holocaust. That was it the end, it was all over.
The Holocaust is an event that shaped our world and our future. Located in washington D.C. , a Holocaust museum tells the stories and shows the reality of the time and event. The Holocaust has affected our lives in so many ways and some people even more than what we could ever imagine. I wonder what it felt like to be in the reality were every day you have a fear that you might die.