Essay About The Holocaust
The Holocaust was a well-coordinated genocide meant to eradicate Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and disabled people. It was an eye-opener for many into how brutal humans can be. In the twenty-three years of the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were able to end the lives of six million people. Under Hitler’s rule, the country of Germany faced bitter and agonizing conditions. The Holocaust destroyed entire bloodlines in less than half a century.
The Holocaust began in the year 1930 when the National German Workers’ Party, commonly referred to as Nazis, came into power (NEWSELA 1). They had built themselves upon the ruins of Germany from World War I. On January 20, 1933, Hitler was appointed to the Chancellor of Germany, which only solidified their power. Upon the death of President Paul von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler declared himself to be the supreme ruler of Germany. This was when the Nazis had gained control of Germany. Adolf Hitler had assumed that anyone who did not have the same opinions as him was inferior. He and his allies had come up with a plan to eradicate them.
Within the camps, the Nazis had set up various levels of distinguishing structure. The detainees were sorted based on nationality and reason for imprisonment. According to the article Night, the author states “The evening soup was distributed at great speed, swallowed as quickly .”The prisoners had to overcome the daily routine of waking up early, arranging the bed’s, the lineup, walking to work, rough labor, the waiting for the small daily meal, usually consisting of a watery soup and half a piece of bread which wasn’t enough for people working at hard labor, After hours of work they return to the camp, and another lineup, before returning to the barracks.”Detainees dozed on the sleeping pads laid on the floor.” After waking up they heaped the sleeping cushions in a side of the room. The rooms were overcrowded to the point that prisoners could rest just on their sides. Living conditions were cruel and inhumane.
In my opinion, I do not believe that something like the Holocaust could ever occur on American soil. The Holocaust had only taken effect because the Natzi were able to capitalize on a weakened government and turn it into an army that they used for their own personal gain over the benefit of the country. Moreover, the Nazis threatened the people who dared rebel against them. America in this day age cannot fall into such anarchy because even if the government were to fall populous would have an uproar that could not be suppressed.
The Holocaust has an impact on life today in many ways. It was an eye-opener for some of how uncivilized people can be. Jews and other people were treated unfairly by the Nazis for not agreeing with them. Ideally, the Holocaust indicated to individuals how terrible segregation was, this repulsive occasion will prompt less separation. Unfortunately, the genocide didn’t finish in 1945, it proceeds with someplace on this Earth. The Holocaust left a lasting effect on the world.