By: Montez President
Project Question: What was the reasoning behind the attempt to eliminate the Jewish race during World war II?
The Holocaust was the gathering and murdering of six million Jews by the Nazis during World War 2. In 1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be military occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed.
The Nuremberg Race Laws were anti-Jewish orders put in place by Germany on September 15, 1935, marking a major step in clarifying racial policy and removing Jewish influences from Aryan society. The Aryan race was a racial group commonly used in the period of the late 19th century to the mid 20th century to describe people of European heritage. Having supported the opinion of a racially pure (Aryan) nation, Adolf Hitler (at the time, known to be the uncontested leader of Germany) turned his hatred of Jews into a national policy of mass extermination through the creation of death camps.
Auschwitz is the notorious as the Nazi's largest death camp during World War II. Made of three parts, Auschwitz played a central role in Hitler's "final solution" - The murdering of millions of Jews. Auschwitz also serves as the death place of Anne Frank, known for her diaries containing countless stories of the hardship her Jewish family took on during this time. At the end of World War II, Auschwitz was said to have been responsible for the death of 1.1 million Jewish people.
Project Answer: During this sad period of time, the Jewish race was discriminated solely on the German belief that they had no place in the Aryan society.