This photo shows young Jewish children and the fence of a concentration camp.

The Holocaust

       The holocaust was a state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, between 1933 and 1945. "Sacrifice by fire" is the Greek meaning of the word Holocaust.

Nazi Germany

The Nazi squadron came into power when Germany was having great economic issues agreeing on the government. The propagandists of the Nazi party showed themselves as  a group who wanted to fix the problems of the government. They said the spoke for the non-Jewish Germans which got many people on board with there plan. In the end the Nazi group and there leader Adolf Hitler wanted to make a "Superior" race. That meant finding a way to get rid of all of the non-Germans, like the Jews, Gypsies, Homosexual, etc. (Rallying the Nation)

The Concentration Camp Systems

Concentration Camps were set up by the Nazi's starting before and during Word War II to keep the Jews and other races contained until they died or where persecuted. The SS (Schutzstaffel; protection squadrons) set up camps in the following cities; Oranienburg, Esterwegen, Dachau, and Litchenburg. Through time the Nazi squadrons established more forced-labor and detention camps. However in 1937 only 4 concentration camps were left. After Hitler invaded Poland and started WWII in 1939, 6 concentration camps stood. Also in 1939 the SS decided to get something out of the useless labor and give the 'prisoners' backbreaking labor that had use like coal-mining and construction. By 1942 the SS were also bringing in armor and weaponry by the labor of the prisoners. Most imprisoned Jews were murdered by the Nazi squad by the means of gas chambers that could kill up to 6000 Jews a day. Prisoners were forced to go on marches which they called "death marches" because the SS would shoot anyone who could not keep up with the group. The Camps came to a end in 1945. (concentration camps)

This picture is of the Dachau concentration camp and they march in Jews.

America's involvement

The United States did not put the persecution and enslavement as a top priority. In fact they made it harder for the Jews to get visas to flee to America. Many American were afraid of losing their jobs and paychecks to the Jews, because of the depression also. Even after new immigration laws over two-thousand Jews sought lives in the US. In 1942, the United States found out about the Nazi's plan to mass murder the Jews. On the 17 of December, America, the UK and other allies announced that Nazi Germany would pay for the lives lost at there hands. The US press covered many events happening like Kristallnact (night of crystal) and Hitlers prediction that the Jewish race will be extinct by a World War. (The United States and the Holocaust)

Works Cited

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Article Title: Concentration Camps, 1933–1939, Publisher: United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Electronically Published: June 20, 2014, Date Accessed: January 18, 2015
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Article Title: The United States and the Holocaust, Publisher: United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Electronically Published: June 20, 2014, Date Accessed: January 20, 2015
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Article Title: Rallying the Nation, Publisher: United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Electronically Published: June 20, 2014, Date Accessed: January 19, 2015

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