I feel like this week in class was just a start of what’s to come in the image of the Holocaust. Hitler carried out the Holocaust in three steps. These steps are exclusion, concentration, and extermination. The Nazis tried to exclude the Jews AND others from society. By 1939 there are over a thousand laws against Jews. These laws became very particular and outlawed every single thing one could do, eventually banning them from almost everything. The next step was concentration. Hitler and his Nazis knew that they wouldn’t be able to just move the Jews to Africa or kick them all out of the country so they had to create a place to locate them all, concentrate them together. They created concentration camps for them to live in, and also ghettos rose up. As Spielvogel writes, “Occupancy therefore works out at 15 persons per apartment and six to seven persons per room.” (1) This indicates that the places where the Jews were living were insanely crowded and soon led to starvation where nearly 11,000 people died in 1941. The last stage was extermination. This last step was essential to Hitler. He wanted the “Evil” Jews rid of so extermination was next. “Many of the personnel and even some of the apparatus including gas chambers, were transferred to Poland for the Final Solution.” (2) Another disturbing thing upon reading was that female victim’s hair would be cut off and shipped to Germany to be made for mattresses for submarines. This is all part of Hitler’s plan to create a perfect Aryan society.
- Spielvogel, Jackson J. Redles, David. Hitler and Nazi-Germany: A History. Pearson, 7th Edition. 2014. p. 257.
- Spielvogel, Jackson J. Redles, David. Hitler and Nazi-Germany: A History. Pearson, 7th Edition. 2014. p. 264.
- Spielvogel, Jackson J. Redles, David. Hitler and Nazi-Germany: A History. Pearson, 7th Edition. 2014. p. 268.
- [IMAGE] WEGNER, GREGORY PAUL. “Holocaust.” Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. 2003. Encyclopedia.com. (November 6, 2015). http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3407200137.html