Thesis Statement: In January 1933, history was changed when Adolf Hitler was appointed the chancellor or the head of the German government as a Nazi Member with support from the military (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia 1). Hitler was able to use his power and persuasive rhetoric to convince the German people that the Jewish people were to blame for Germany’s economic depression after WWI. Hitler gave the Germans hope for the future by sharing his vision for economic prosperity and world dominance, but it would come at a terrible price, the murder of millions of Jews in what would be known as the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler’s early life and life experiences Adolf Hitler’s life as a young child up to his rule in Germany was not the most ideal with his family being poor which resulted to Adolf not being able to finish high school. Adolf later applied for the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna but was denied twice (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia 1). Adolf was later able to join the army and after a loss in WWI, he started to blame the Jews and started the concept thinking that because of them or if they had or hadn’t done this then we would have won the war. Around this time frame, Adolf was shadowing a group who we now know as the Nazi’s and was able to become interested and later in April he joined the group becoming its seventh member (M. A. Fattah 2). Now with Adolf Hitler a new member of the Nazi’s, he was able to share his views on the Jews and what he believed was correct and what he thought would help make Germany great again. Adolf had a way of words, and the Nazi’s noticed so they had him elected the head spokesmen of their group. Soon later with Hitler as the head spokesmen, the Nazi group was able to attract more people to join and with Adolf, they were able to rapidly grow in number over the spring and summer of 1920(A. Whitherbee 1).
With this increase in number the Nazi party was able to receive 6.4 million votes in the elections in 1929, increasing their popularity and with most Nazi members having majority of the seats in the German parliament, Adolf Hitler was reluctantly appointed the Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933(1). The enabling act in March 1933 gave Hilter’s cabinet full control over Germany’s government for four years (1). Reichstag Speech given by Adolf Hitler on January 30, 1939 Adolf Hitler was able reach millions of German’s with his Reichstag Speech. Adolf Hitler’s words were able to persuade the poorer and depressed Germans and helped give them enough hope for them to follow in his plans to eventually fully take out the Jews from Germany by killing them off. In this speech Hitler addresses the Jews and how he believes they are the problem of their economic failure in the past. Today I will be once more a prophet: if the international Jewish financiers in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once more into a world war, then the result will not be the Bolshevizing of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe! ( H. Mommsen 147). Pointing out about Hitler’s thoughts on the Jews and their help to create another world war, he blames them for leading Germany and other countries into debt and having a major contribution to the reasons why Germany lost the war. In 1933, concentration camps were being built and established and with the help and support of many German Nazi’s, they were able to gather many German’s on the idea of blaming the Jews and allowing German’s to blame them for the fall of not only Germany, but other countries as well. Adolf Hitler not only wanted to kill the Jews for being a downfall to Germany, but as well as wanting to create a more perfect Germany. Adolf has these ideals of creating the prefect country and with the Jews in Germany that couldn’t happen, so Hitler tried to move the Jews our by force to other countries. This worked a little bit, but not enough to remove all the Jews out of Germany, so by force Hitler took the Jews to the camps already prepared (154). Through his Speeches, Hitler wouldn’t directly state his plans of killing the Jews, but would use metaphors and would mostly talk about moving them to other countries and having an anti-Jewish Legislation and indoctrination (156).
On May 8,1945, the Holocaust was officially ended. This date gave freedom and hope to many of Jews and other people that were in the Concentration Camps. Life was changed drastically from the moment that Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany to the moment that the Jews were being loaded up in busses or train carts to go to the concentration camps. Life for Jews in these days seemed like a never-ending roller coaster of hell, they were going from having freedom and being able to go to school or work and not have to worry about anything, to being taken out of their homes and being treated like animals. Over 6 million deaths occurred during the holocaust and have been reported, other deaths include homosexuals, resistance members or people against the Nazi’s and some criminals. With Concentration Camps being Liberated, the many other countries in WWII were able to finally see the horrible conditions these people have gone through and the terrible torcher methods used on the people. For many Jews multiple family members were last seen at the arrival of the camps or they were later separated when they stayed at the camps longer. When the people were finally released, the big worry was about their homes and family members if they are still alive or if they will ever see them again. Getting over the terrors of life in the camps and coming back to society was a constant struggle for many and some couldn’t cope with the terrors as well as others did. The population of Jews from the beginning of WWII and the end of WWII was 505,000 people out of a total population of 67 million, or somewhat less than 0.75 percent (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 1).
The Jewish population wasn’t the only population that decreased many others that include the homosexuals and many foreign or even German populations were decreased (1). Germany, even with Adolf Hitler being their leader, wasn’t the only country affected majorly in this war and many countries include: Europe and the United States (B. C. Bigelow 1). Europe was a main country that had a major recovery that was needed after the war, Germany had taken a lot out of most of the surrounding countries and because of that the repair after the war was a costly expense (1). Not only the money but the loss of civilians because of the bombings or even lack of shelter or supplies cause many people to die. Even though the United States isn’t on the same continent as Germany, the expense for the military supplies such as food and the need for weapons. Funding was a struggle and many people found it hard to support our war veterans, while also trying to help their families and get and keep a good paying job, so that they might be able to keep raising their families. Even getting over lost ones after the war was an entire new challenge for the world, and even so the families that lost the most such as the father and sons that were all drafted to go serve in the war, leaving the mother and children to fend for themselves and having the mother leave to work and help sustain her family. Families, buildings, governments and trust were main things that were needed to be fixed after the war (1).
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