In January 1933, the Nazi party came to power in Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. The Nazis believed that they were the superior race and blamed Germany's economic struggle on people they called vermin (Introduction). These vermin consisted of mainly Jews but also Gypsies, handicapped people, communists, homosexuals, and political prisoners (Strahinich 8). Adolf Hitler devised a plan to help Germany by getting rid of the people he deemed unworthy of life (Introduction). When Hitler became the dictator of Germany he took over Poland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, and a large portion of France (Yeatts 7). The Nazis forced Jews into small areas called ghettos to let them starve and sent the survivors to slave labor camps and killing centers (Altman 59). Six million Jews and five million others were killed because of the Nazis beliefs (Strahinich 8). The Holocaust is a time in history when millions of people were persecuted in Europe by being sent to live in ghettos and eventually being deported to concentration camps where they were systematically annihilated until the Allied forces liberated the remaining survivors.
The Nazis had a plan that would help bring down the Jewish population without being too obvious. They created places in large cities…show more content… People were emaciated and overworked. In the barracks, people would sleep on each other because there were no beds, only bunks. There were dead bodies stacked like logs all over the place (Adler 90). The concentration camps were heavily guarded by Nazis who had machine guns. The Nazis were mean and cruel to the Jews (Blohm 56). The Nazis murdered around 2,700,000 jews by asphyxiation with poison gas or by shooting (Killing). The Nazis made the gas chambers look like bath/shower rooms so the Jews would go in. Once the Jews got in the gas chambers the Nazis would put the Zyklon B gas inside and within four minutes the people would be dead