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The Holocaust is one of the most well known genocides that have taken place. It had destroyed millions of lives. Exterminated because of their social, cultural, ethnic, or religious. While the term Holocaust refers to the systematic mass killing of the Jewish people in German-occupied Europe, the Nazis additionally murdered a giant range of non-Jewish people beings who were additionally regarded subhuman or undesirable. Holocaust victims were people who have been focused by means of the government of Nazi Germany. Why the holocaust happened?
Nazis waged a vicious war against Jews and other ‘lesser races’. This war came to a head with the ‘Final Solution’ in 1938. One of the end results of the Final Solution was the horrible concentration and death camps of Germany, Poland, and other parts of Nazi-controlled Europe. The first, and most infamous, of these pogroms was The night of broken glass’. This pogrom was prompted by the assassination of Ernst von Rath, a German diplomat, by Herschel Grymozpan in Paris on November 7th, 1938. Two days later, an act of retaliation was organized by Joseph Gobbels to attack Jews in Germany. On the nights of November 9th and 10th, over 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, 175 synagogues demolished, nearly 100 Jews had been killed, and thousands more had been injured, all for the assassination of one official by a Jew. In many ways, this was the first major act of violence to Jews made by the Nazis. Their intentions were now clear.
There were many groups that were also targeted included Slavs, Russians, Poles, Ukrainians and Serbs, Romanis, French, Belgians, Dutch, Greeks, Italians, homosexuals, mentally or physically disabled, mentally, Adolf Hitler made was of killing mass groups of people by making secret programs and authorized a medically administered program of “mercy death” code-named “Operation T4,” in reference to the address of the program’s Berlin headquarters at Tiergartenstrasse 4. Between 1940 and 1941 approximately 70,000 Austrian and German disabled people were killed under the T4 program, most via large-scale killing operations using poison gas. Many among the targeted for persecution because they did not contribute to the desired growth of the ‘Aryan population’ and were viewed as corrupting German values and culture. Between 1933 and 1945, an estimated 100,000 men were arrested for violating Nazi Germany’s law against homosexuality, and of these, approximately 50,000 were sentenced to prison. An estimated 5,000 to 15,000 men were sent to concentration camps on similar charges, where an unknown number of them perished. Roma were among the groups singled out on racial grounds for persecution by the Nazi regime. Roma were subjected to internment, deportation, and forced labor, and were sent to killing centers. Einsatzgruppen also killed tens of thousands of Roma in the German-occupied eastern territories.
These events were able to happen because Hitler’s detestation of the Jewish population is no secret, they were not the only people on his list. Anyone who didn’t have German blood coursing through their veins was a threat to the fatherland and had to be stamped out. They had capitulated power because they were desperate for change. But by relinquishing that power, they allowed horrible, unchecked atrocities to occur. But as Hayek says, there is “an increasing tendency among modern men to imagine themselves ethical because they have delegated their vices to larger and larger groups.”This in itself hits at the very core of why all totalitarian regimes are dangerous. If individuals give up all their power to an authority, there are no longer any checks on power. All things that can be done will be done, and the people, through their own volition, have allowed this to come to pass because the ends were more important than anything else.
In сonclusion the Holcaust also affected other groups of people such as Slavs, Russians, Poles, Ukrainians and Serbs, Romanis, French, Belgians, Dutch, Greeks, Italians, homosexuals, mentally or physically disabled, mentally, Roman Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Spanish Republicans, Freemasons, and human beings of shade. Hitler was able to come to power and carry out these mass murderers because of his manipulation. The effects of the holacaust left lasting scars on the survivors and their children. The psychological scars of Holocaust survivors are evident in their continued experience of post-traumatic symptoms, but these experiences have not necessarily prevented their ability to adapt to day-to-day life. It’s possible these survivors repressed a lot of these traumatic memories in the immediate aftermath of the war and instead focused on rebuilding their lives and raising new families. These tragic event change whole generations of people.