How The Holocaust Affected It’s Jewish Victims Introduction There is no question in my mind that the mass killings of the Jews during World War II affected the lives of these people and the people who loved and knew them greatly. I wholeheartedly disagree with the people who claim it never happened, whether they are against the Holocaust theory or are just plain prejudice towards Jews. There were murders by the millions, and the Jewish victims of the Holocaust were affected by it, both directly and indirectly, as were their family members and friends who may have been thousands of miles away. Even today, people in the world are still affected by the extermination of millions of lives in Eastern Europe. In the same respect (if you call it respect), there are still many people, even entire institutions, who seek to discredit the veracity of the Holocaust, going as far to claim that none of the horrific events ever occurred. I will prove that the Holocaust affected many lives, both in living and in death, and that it did indeed happen, through relating factual and opinionated accounts of victims and witnesses, and explaining why what happened to the Jewish population of the Holocaust happened.
The Holocaust has been called a Tragic legacy. It has also been called a hoax. Despite what the deniers of the holocaust may think, it did indeed happen. It affected the lives of too many people, millions, if not the billions who knew of it, were related to those who were, in fact, statistics of the Holocaust. Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, and other minorities of Germany and neighboring countries were executed by the millions. I am at first very hesitant about completing a report on the holocaust and those who seek to deny it ever happened.
It did happen, it affected millions upon millions of people around our planet, and it continues to be a reigning issue. I felt that, like the author of Denying the Holocaust: The growing assault on truth and memory, I should not feed into the publicity of these holocaust deniers. Those who claim it did not and manage to get away with it are very good at manipulating and deceiving the general public. They create propaganda that almost had me fooled several times, claiming that We are not holocaust deniers. We proudly proclaim that to date there is no evidence that millions of people were killed in homicidal gas chambers. That is good news all round.
Why would anyone find this offensive? We are celebrating the living who were thought dead. How can this be an offense – unless it offends those who have their snout in the trough… 1. It is too important to me, this subject of killing the memory of those that were killed. It is too important to family members of mine who were killed because they were simply Jews in Poland, shot dead in their own town, forced to dig their own graves in the rudimentary years of the Holocaust. This is what happened.
This is the truth, and no book, no public speaker, no institution will convince me otherwise. Hitler Comes into Power- The Greatest Factor of the Jewish Extermination The isolated phenomena2 known as the Holocaust actually began in 1933, when the Nazis came into power in Germany. Most people, however, think of it as a period of time between 1941 and 1945. During this time, over 11 million people perished. Six million Jews, which was ninety percent of the Jewish- German population and two-thirds of the total European Jewish population at the time, along with five million other individuals died in death or labor camps such as Bergen-Belsen, Treblinka, Aushwitz, Belzec and Majdanek.
The other five million people were Gypsies, Slavs, Poles, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics and handicaps, just to name a few. As you can see, it was not, as some people think, only Jews who were pointlessly murdered. Their stories live on in the world today, such as that of Jeannine Burk- I really lost a great part of my childhood- simply because we were Jews. This was a period of dismay for Germany, and Germany was looking for a savior 3. This savior came in the form of a small little man with black hair and a radical, and, unfortunately, charismatic personality, the leader of the (future) Nazis, Adolf Hitler, an Anti-Semitic, murderous person who believed that for world perfection, the Jews must be destroyed. Hitler believed the German race superior to all others, especially the Jews, and stated it very clearly in his famous book, Mein Kampf.
He compared them to maggots in a rotting body and even went as far to state We must be ruthlessterror is the most effective political instrument it is my duty to make use of every means of training the German people to cruelty A violently active, dominating, intrepid brutal youth- that is what I am after. 4 He was, indeed, after the Jews; his goal was to destroy the Jews in every way possible- economically, physically, mentally, socially, and globally. He nearly succeeded in his goal, which is a horrible thought. The Night of Broken Glass The Holocaust was a constant battle but there were a few historical days such as Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass). During the night of November ninth and into the morning of the tenth during 1931, almost all of the synagogues and Jewish institutions were destroyed in Germany.
In total, 191 synagogues and 171 Jewish homes were burned. The name came from the sights of the towns with all of the smashed windows lying in bits and pieces all over the streets. So many businesses were destroyed, which affected all Jewish shop owners greatly, destroying their only source of income. Devastation of the temples created yet another insurmountable disaster for the Jewish faith and community. Faith gives people hope, and this literal destruction of the Jewish religion was a disaster. Conditions Endured It is without question that the Jewish families of the Holocaust were gravely affected.
The endured starvation, both in the ghettos and the camps, and fought for survival every day. In one camp, a young girl in a concentration camp felt that she had betrayed her family by finishing off the honey they had to spread on their bread- What will they spread on their bread now? Another story depicts a father who abandons his young daughter because he had to fend for himself: I, her father, did not protect her, I deserted her because I feared my own life. Both of these situations were products of pure brainwashing, thanks to the Nazis. It is in the human psyche to blame oneself when faced with a devastating situation, and these cases show that the victims felt it was their fault that their families were on the verge of perishing. It is a level of reality beyond anything. 5 This was just one of the many procedures the Nazis dished out to affect the Jewish population, both directly, as seen above, and indirectly, through affecting the German people into hating the Jews.
Print and Propaganda One of the most publicized methods of the Holocaust was, in fact, the least obvious method. It was Nazi propaganda, in which Hitler succeeded in making the German society dummies. Race science was one of these ways. Hitler stated that the Aryans, the fabled native peoples of Germany who had originally migrated from Indo- Asian land, claiming that the state must set race in the center of all life. In that, he meant that the Germans were superior to all others, and it soon became the building block for Nazism. The lead propaganda minister, Joseph Geobells, was part of this aspiration, and sought to prove it through physical attributes.
He proposed racial tests, examining areas of the body such as the eyes, nose, and heads. For example, large noses were a common attribute among Jews, and if you were to have a large nose, you would be in trouble. This made the German people think that the Jews were, in fact, very inferior, and therefore, they felt the Jews werent even human, so it became okay to slaughter the Jews. 6 Other propaganda that affected the Jewish relations towards Germany includes the electronic propaganda, coming in the visual form. Films such as Triumph of the Will were created to convince people to join the Nazis by making it seem like the Nazis were the winning team, that Hitler was a just and supreme leader.
This proved to be very effective on German society, showing off how great Nazism really was through the technologically advanced German society. A man named Leni Riefenstahl, who actually won the National Film Prize for 1934- 1935, created Triumph of the Wills. He was aiming for a propaganda vision, which he successfully completed. The film, which targeted the German youth, the proposed Hitler Jugen or Hitlers youth, was meant to bring on as many young people to begin training. In turn, this film affected the Jewish population because it brought about the dawn of Hitlers Third Reich. Print propaganda was one of the most successful methods of Nazi propaganda to establish a stand against Jews.
All people were, in one way or another, affected by the propaganda of posters, cartoons, pictures in magazines and in newspapers 7. Many of the posters proclaimed that Jews were inferior, and that Germans were part of the aforementioned Aryan race. For instance, German newspaper owner, Julius Streicher, used a page in his paper to attack Jewish society by illustrating a naked woman about to be attacked by a snake marked with the Jewish faith symbol, the Star of David. This proved to be extremely potent for Jewish society because a naked woman brought interest to a feature. Other propaganda didnt directly attack the Jews, but rather, compared the actions of the Nazi party to others.
For example, a German poster bashed F.D.R. by questioning Since he wont accept Jews, why should we?. However, this was just one more example of the propagandizing that went on in German society. Ghetto Life Ghettos were undoubtedly the most effective method of breaking the Jewish population. Those who were actually strong enough to survive the horrifying conditions the ghettos provided were shipped to concentration camps and death camps.
The first ghetto was Piotrkow, which was first populated on September 5, 1939. The soldiers that patrolled Piotrkow were brainwashed anti- semetics, robbing and killing Jews at their disposal. To them, killing was like a sport. 8 The Jews were discriminated against in every ghetto, forced to bear identification of their faith with some emblem, such as in the Warsaw ghetto, where Jews must wear a white ribbon with a blue star of David on it. If a Jew were to be caught without this badge, they would be executed on the spot.
The idea of the ghettos was born in the psychopathic mind of Reinhard Heydrich. In 1931, he was expelled from the German navy, later becoming a member of Hitlers guard team, Schutzstaffel, a.k.a. SS. In turn, Heydrich created the Sicherheitsdienst, also called the SD. The SD oversaw the loyalty and behavior of the Nazis. Soon enough, Heydrich created the short-term solution to a long-term problem ghettos with the help of the SD.
In the ghettos, families and individuals were assigned ration cards that allowed 2-3 slices of bread and a bowl of watery soup per person for ten cents per month. About 150,000 were exempt due to extreme poverty. People would say everything revolves around bread and death. These meager portions of food led to starvation and sicknesses, such as typhus, tuberculosis, which came hand in hand with death, since there were no cures, and no medical facilities in the ghettos. This helped the Nazis prove what they had all along wanted to: They were protecting the German population from the deadly, disease ridden Jews.
They are shut off in the ghettos for your protection, they would say. Of course they were shut off, because, in the first place, there was no way out of the ghetto, and second, there was no food, no medicine to keep them healthy and fit. All of this worked to the Nazi advantage. The informed Germans that Jews were an infection, and that is why disease ransacked the ghettos. In October of 1941, a typhus epidemic, which is a type of body lice, broke out in the Warsaw ghetto.
This was another piece of candy for the Nazis, creating a slogan that stuck- The Jews-Lice-Typhus. And the sad part is, it was true. There was no sanitation to prevent it, and this was just one of the many epidemics the Nazis used as proof of Jews as a disease and carriers of disease. Another unfortunate effect of the ghettos was that they were located extremely conveniently. Being located near railways helped in destroying the Jews- to be shipped out to the concentration and death camps. Some of these areas to board the trains were barbed in, some were walled, some were guarded. All of them isolated the Jews from society.
A final devastating effect on the Jews in the ghettos was what it did to the internal population socially, rather than physicall …