The Holocaust

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945.

Concentration Camps

The first concentration camps came about in Germany after Hitler came to power in 1933. The German authorities soon later established camps all over Germany, arresting any people who were not Nazi or were against Nazi policies. Conditions in the camps were harsh. All people worked inside these including men, women, and even children. Eventually after they fulfilled there work in the camp they  were killed off, most of the time in gas chambers.

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The US Involvement with the Holocaust

Many Jews had migrated to the US during the era of the Holocaust. Soon the US had to restrict immigration due to population growth. In 1941 , 45% of immigrants were Jewish. Eventually the US joined the war after the attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Even though there were rough patches, more than 200,000 Jews were saved by coming into the United States.


History of the German Government

A series of coalition governments ruled Germany, known as the Weimar Republic from 1919 to 1932. Many disagreements rose due to the number of political parties. In 1930, many chancellors created a democracy, going against parliament, and began presidential election. This stabilized the economy and reduced the amount of street violence. The Nazi government didn't believe in different religions or beliefs other than theirs. So to really boost the new government Hilter played the part of sending citizens from other countries, mostly Jews, to work (concentration camps).


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