Treatment of Jews During the Holocaust

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Differences among groups have often led to conflict, one so terrible that millions of innocent people were forced out of their homes and thrown into camps. They were treated as things not humans. Then they were murdered simply because of looks and religion. This occurrence was the Holocaust.

Hitler served in the German army during World War I. He joined the Nazi Party and spoke against the Weimar government and was arrested for it. There he wrote the book that contained his ideas for a stronger and more powerful German nation. It also revealed his racist beliefs concerning the need to eliminate all groups he considered inferior, such as Jews, Slavs, Gypsies, and blacks. Hitler was a very convincing speaker. He attracted many Germans who needed change within the country. He promised a life unlike the life they were then leading. Nazi wanted to eliminate undesirable people. They blamed the Weimar government for accepting the Versailles Treaty and said it had been forced to do so by Jews, communist, and others.

They also claimed that German forces had not been defeated in World War I but had been stabbed in the back.

Prejudice toward Jews had existed in Germany for hundreds of years, resulting in exile, loss of life, property and hatred. Hitler blamed Jews for his own personal failures and also for Germany's problems. These false accusations became persuasive parts of Nazi propaganda, especially when they were blended with Hitler's master race theories. He believed that Aryans were a master race who should rule people like Jews and Slavs because they weren't like them. . He believed that the ideal Aryan was German, not Jewish, blonde, blue eyed, and tall. Therefore, most Nazi leaders, including Hitler, saw the Jews as a terrible race not just a religious group.

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