Poem Paper...HOLOCAUST

Poem Paper...HOLOCAUST - Fasnacht 1 Samantha Fasnacht Dr...

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Fasnacht 1 Samantha Fasnacht Dr. Robbins English 102 27 October 2006 Living Past the “Final Solution”: the Holocaust and its’ survivors Anyone who survives what is later to be realized as the event that set the precedent for mass killings in the modern world would be expected to have a myriad of both physical and psychological problems. It is likely that no one would begrudge such a survivor for curling up into a little ball in the corner of a dark room and never coming out. The event that set the precedent for modern genocide was the Holocaust (Levin 6). While people certainly would have understood if that is what most survivors of the Holocaust, that is not necessarily what actually occurred. What is the Holocaust and how have survivors coped with their memories and experiences? The Holocaust is the extermination of the Jews of Europe that took place from 1941- 1944. Undertaken by Nazi Germany under the command of Adolf Hitler during World War II, the actions of Hitler’s government slowly stripped Jews of their rights and liberties before the mass killings started, while at the same time building and combining anti-Semitic beliefs with the idea of being patriotic to Germany. By the time the genocide started in 1941, the civilians believed it part of their civic duty to help in the murder of what would become millions (Levin 42). On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed “Chancellor of the Reich” (Levin 13). Between 1933 and 1941 Jews were slowly stripped of the rights as citizens. The Nazis
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Fasnacht 2 spewed propaganda about “Aryan race supremacy” and the “master race” of tall, blond- haired people who would stamp out the “dirty Jews” who Hitler led the people to believe were plotting to take over the world. He began having his regime enact laws to regulate the Jews as well as order scare tactics to terrify Jews and to keep the people from interacting with Jews. These laws and scare tactics included “book burnings, ghettoization, blood accusations, a ban on intermarriage, the exclusion of Jews from normal economic, social, and cultural life of society, from schools and public office (Levin 11).” Jews were forced to wear yellow stars on their clothing to mark them as being Jewish, and were also required to carry identification at all times (Levin 12). People boycotted Jewish businesses and in November of 1938 Kristallnacht, or the “Night of the Broken Glass” occurred, with Nazis breaking Jewish shop windows and burning synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, and Jewish homes. By the end of Kristallnacht, 20,000 Jews had been arrested and sent to concentration camps. That night was the start of the deportation of the Jews (Levin 60-62). Jews throughout Nazi-controlled lands were gathered and taken, usually by
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Robbins during the Fall '06 term at Flagler.

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