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

Nazi Concentration Camps

Auschwits-Birkenau Concentration Camp

Concentration camps have a vast history. They had different camps for different people. After December 1934 the SS became the only agency authorized to establish or manage a concentration camp. Each camp was divided in to two groups. Between 1938 and 1939 the idea of concentration camps spread and concentration camps popped up everywhere. For years people were taken in and if they didn't do a good job on what they were assigned they were executed.

United States Involvement in the Holocaust

Saving Jewish people and other groups targeted by Nazi Germany was not top priority to America during World War II. The state departments attitude was still influenced by the economic hardships of the depression. In 1941 45% of all immigrants were Jewish. August 1942 the State Department received report saying Germans were planning to make a policy to annihilate the Jewish race, America denied the report. The U.S, Great Britain and 10 other allied governments issued a declaration denouncing Nazi Germany's plan.

Bringing the Nation Together

After June 1930 a succession of chancellors abandoned the search for a working parliamentary majority. The Nazi Party dramatically increased its public support by advertising itself as a protest movement against the corruption and ineffectiveness of the Weimar “system.”  As of summer 1939, as Hitler finalized his plans for the invasion of Poland, the public mood in Germany was tense and fearful no one lined the streets calling for war as they did in World War I. Throughout World War II, Nazi propagandists disguised military aggression aimed at territorial conquest as acts of ethnic self-defense. They said it was necessary for the survival of “Aryan civilization.”  Hitler and the Nazi party was defeated.

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