Holocaust By: Joernest and Jamar
What Was The Holocaust?
The Holocaust was massive destruction of the European Jews. Hitler authorized a genocide on the European Jews, because he suspected them of corruption. The Jews control basically all of Germany's money, so Hitler blame the Jews for their economic downfall after World War I.
In 1923 Adolf Hitler started to gain power then he was sentenced to one year in Jail for attempting to overthrow the government. Hitler found himself in the throne of power in Germany as Chancellor where he soon begins to do some damage to the Jewish population in Germany.
Discrimination of Jews prior to the Holocaust
In January 1933 522,000 Jews lived in Germany. 304,000 Jews died during the fist six years of the Nazi dictatorship leaving only 214,000 Jews In Germany on eve of World War II.
Kristallnacht (night of broken glass)
Police and firefighters stood by as synagogues burned and Jews were beaten, only taking action to prevent the spread of fire to non-Jew owned property and to stop looters - upon SS officer Reinhard Heinrich's orders.
Belzec was an annihilation camp and was located in Poland
Dachau was a forced labor camp and was located in Germany
Auschwitz-Birkaneau was a forced labor camp and was located in Poland
Labor Camp Conditions
The living conditions for most concentration camps wasn't the best. The camps carried lots of disease, because lots of them had lack in sanitation.
Types of Work at concentration camps
The work the Jews were forced to due was very overbearing. Most of the Jews even died when doing these difficult task
- Between five and six million Jews
- More than three million Soviet prisoners of war
- More than two million Soviet civilians
- More than one million Polish civilians
- More than one million Yugoslav civilians
- About 70,000 men, women and children with mental and physical handicaps
- More than 200,000 gipsies
- Unknown numbers of political prisoners, resistance fighters, homosexuals and deportees