rwanda and holocaust

rwanda and holocaust - one of the assignments for the class

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Holocaust and the Rwanda Genocide “Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews. As soon as I have the power to do so, I will have gallows built in rows—at the Marienplatz in Munich, for example—as many as traffic allows.” These are the words of Adolf Hitler, the man behind the biggest massacre of the modern world. The genocide of about 800,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis in Rwanda followed only a half a century later. These mass killings in Rwanda are actually being known today as the Rwanda Holocaust after the German Holocaust. Both genocides have some differences and share some similarities. The obvious similarity is the delayed help by the West. Holocaust is termed as a sacrifice consumed by fire, as defined by Mariam-Webster online dictionary. After the extermination of millions of Jews in the gas chambers, however, this term has been generally used to label the ethic cleansing by Hitler and the Nazi Party. Hitler had planned the Holocaust a long before it happened. The quote by Hitler above was supposedly a comment to a journalist in 1922, which unfortunately for mankind was a true prognosis. Hitler’s plan included other groups as well, such as the mentally ill and disabled, gypsies, homosexuals and Jehovah’s witnesses. This master plan was carried out in many stages. As Hitler gained power in the early 1930s, he immediately started using legislation to alienate the Jews from the society. Hitler had all German citizens behind him either out of fear, or the thousands of years of Anti-Semitic feelings in Europe. Property owned by Jewish people was snatched away and they were forced to live in Ghettos. Jewish students were deprived of an education and not allowed to attend schools and universities anymore. Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, was one
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