The Holocaust

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    Nazi Germany takes power!

    The Nazi's concentrated on silencing their political opponents- communists, socialists, liberals, and anyone else who spoke against the government.
  • The Holocaust

    The Holocaust
    Not the Holla-caust! This was the Hitler's campaign for Racial Purity, also known as the systematic murder of 11 million people across Europe, more than half were Jews.
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    Jews Targeted

    The Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of their German citizenship, jobs, and property.
  • The Night of Broken Glass

    The Night of Broken Glass
    On this night, Nazi storm troopers attacked Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues across Germany. (Also called Kristallnacht)
  • The Plight of the St. Louis

    The Plight of the St. Louis
    Official indifference to the plight of Germany's Jews was in evidance in the case of the ship St. Louis. Although 740 of the liner's 943 passengers had U.S. immigration papers, the Coast Gaurd followed the ship to prevent anyone from disembarking in America
  • Hitler's Genocidal Urges Pt. 1

    Hitler's  Genocidal Urges Pt. 1
    By 1939, only about a quarter million Jews remained in Germany. But other nations that Hitler occupied had millions more. Obsessed with a desire (a desire only mass murder could satisfy) to rid Europe of its inferior races, Hitler created the "Final Solution"- this was the deliberate and systematic killing of an entire population. Not only did Hitler target political foes, he targeted Gypsies, Freemasons, and Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, mentally deficient or ill, the physically disabled(c)
  • Hitler's Genocidal Urges Pt. 2

    Hitler's Genocidal Urges Pt. 2
    (Continued from Pt. 1) Jews were also ordered into dismal, overcrowded "ghettos", segregated Jewish areas in certain Polish cities sealed off with barbed wire and brick walls. Jews not put into "ghettos" were dragged out of their homes and thrown into concentration camps. They were originally for politcal opponents, but after being turned over to the SS, it was expanded to hold all "undesirables."
  • The Final Stage (Dramatic music plays)

    The Final Stage (Dramatic music plays)
    At a meeting held in Wannsee, Hitler's top officials agreed to begin a new phase of the mass murder of Jews. To mass slaughter and starvation they would add a third method of killing- Poisonous gas. As deadly as overwork, starvation, beatings, and bullets were, they did not kill fast enough to satisfy the Nazis. Germany built 6 death camps in Poland. The first, Chelmno, began in 1941 with several huge gas chambers in which 12,000 people could be killed a day. When prisoners arrived at Auschwitz,
  • The Final Stage Pt. 2

    The Final Stage Pt. 2
    (continued) they would be paraded by several SS doctors. With a wave of the hand, the doctors seperated those who were strong enough to work from those who were to die that day. Both groups were told to leave their belonging behind, with a promise that they would be returned later. Those who were to be killed were taken outside of a gas chamber and strip to get ready for a shower. They were even given soap to deceive the prisoners. Finally, they were lead inside and poisoned with cyanide gas.