The Terror of Hitler as a Dictator
The Terror of Hitler as a Dictator
In the 20th century alone we had already had two huge wars. These wars were call the World Wars simply because they involved most of the big countries of the world. Many people have died in these wars, especially the World War II. Although there are many reasons for World War II, I believe that Hitler was one of the great causes. On November 5, 1937, Hitler held a secret meeting with his military leaders in which he sketched his plans for aggression and war. Hitler instituted the Holocaust, which was the extermination of the Jews and other people whom he considered inferior. Hitler had a very strong prejudice against the Jews. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany led this effort. When Hitler took over control of Germany, everything changed. It took place from 1933 to 1945. I believe that the Second World War and the accompanying Holocaust was the product of the evil mind of Adolf Hitler.
Hitler’s rose to power in 1933 and he began persecuting the Jews; their businesses were boycotted and vandalized by Nazi supporters. Hitler’s job was to infiltrate an obscure group called the National Socialist German Workers party-Nazi for short. By the year 1939, the Jews were not even regarded as a people: they could not attend public schools, and their rights to own land had been taken away. One of the most terrible events is that they were not allowed to socialize with non-Jewish people, thus making them unable to attend public events, or visit parks or museums. Hitler wanted what he called a perfect race. Anyone who wasn’t in his race or what he thought was a perfect race was tormented and killed. Jews were forced to wear yellow stars so everyone would know whom he or she was (Fishchel, p.30). This kind of “quarantine” established “ghettos” where in Jews were kept away from the general public, thus making sure none of their cries for help were heard by any non-Nazi followers. The treatment of the Jews would only worsen as the war became longer and the hatred towards these people worsened. The Jews were used as a “scapegoat” to make the German people angry and ready to fight against anyone that stood in their way of being the largest power in the world. The glory of being a super nation appealed to Germans who were suffering economic depression. Hitler manipulated the minds of the weak and hopeless. He took advantage of the German people who listened him because they were suffering economic depression. Hitler also had the power of an oratory. He could get the public behind him by conversing the people that the Jews were taking their business and causing their economical crisis.
During the war, Hitler introduced the idea of using “concentration camps”. He could now round up Jewish ghettos and torture, overwork, remove and execute huge amounts of the Jewish population to these “ camps”. The camps were more isolated then in the ghettos, so there was basically no way to smuggle in weapons or information. There were 3 main camps: Dachau, Treblinka and Auschwitz. The first concentration camp was Dachau opened by Germany, where political opponents of the Reich were held and brutalized (Fishchel, p.14). Strange and horrible experiments were carried out in Dachau. Some of the experiments consisted of putting Jews in freezing cold water until death or putting them into airtight rooms timing until the time of suffocation. Like all of the other death camps, Treblinka adhered to a specific routine that supported the ruse of resettlement and which minimized the chances of Jewish rebellion or resistance. By introducing the idea of Treblinka, Hitler opened a second camp with gas chambers to destroy Jews. Auschwitz was the most horrific camp of them all over; 1,13,000 people died including 1,000,000 by gas chamber (Fishchel, p.84).
Many of the camps had large burning facilities where they could burn many bodies at once. One of the cruelest things was to separate family members from each other either sending them to work or be killed. Another horrible process was that the inmates often dug their own graves. A large group would dig a mass grave and then be shot and placed in the grave; a few premises were left to cover up their friends or family. From the camp idea, Hitler was responding to the psychotic demands of his own insecurities to demented voices speaking from the depth of his own soul.
In conclusion, the Holocaust is one of the most mysterious events in modern history. The senseless slaughter of millions upon millions of innocent people at the hands of a man by the name of Adolf Hitler. The Nazis, with Hitler, brought death and destruction on Europe, beginning with Aryanization and ending with the Final Solution in a maniacal plot to exterminate and purify the human race.
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