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The Holocaust

December 4, 2012
Identification pictures of a female inmate of the Auschwitz camp  Poland, between 1942 and 1945 (Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum).

Identification pictures of a female inmate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland, between 1942 and 1945 (Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum).

Below please find a web question on the Holocaust written by your classmate, Victoria Karcz. Please respond with a reply of at least one paragraph.

The Holocaust was a human-made horror, the genocide of millions of human beings labeled “undesirables” by Hitler. Of all the innocent people targeted by Hitler’s genocidal policies, the European Jewish population represented the largest group. The heinous Nazis sought nothing less than the extermination of the Jewish population. The Nazis at first had planned to deport the Jews to Nisko/Lublin in eastern Poland or to the island of Madagascar. Why did they not pursue their plan for deportation and pursue what they called “the final solution?”

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  1. Omar Algamoos permalink
    December 10, 2012 4:18 am

    The reason they did not pursue their plan for deportation and pursue what they called “the final solution” is because that plan was always Hitler’s main priority. The plan was just worded differently to shorten the stages of the Jewish extermination to its final stages. It was defiantly not a “new” so-called “solution,” but a step further to Hitler’s main plan for the annihilation of the Jewish people. Hitler believed the Jews should be held responsible for starting a new war and should pay in their own lives the cost of German soldiers going into battle. Hitler’s extreme hate for the Jews was defiantly something very known between the German public, therefore any plan that would actually work in finally exterminating all Jews would have been implemented immediately and that is why plans were shortened to what Hitler calls “the final solution.”

  2. Shira Binyaminy permalink
    December 10, 2012 5:30 pm

    Hitler wanted nothing more then to destroy all the Jewish people as quickly as possible. His main goal was to kill the Jews in what he called ‘The Final Solution’. He called it a solution due to the fact that it was meant to annihilate them and that was all he cared about. Hitler felt that the Jewish people were responsible for all of the Germans problems and getting rid of them would solve all the issues. It was one of the most worst times for the Jews and their was no place to escape. The ‘Final Solution’ happened in stages. First were the ghettos which were terrible and crowded living conditions and then they were sent to concentration camps and eventually to the horrific death camps where they would take them to the gas chambers. It was a horrible and inhumane time for the world that a civilized country could treat people in such a terrifying way.

  3. Irena Pergjika permalink
    December 15, 2012 11:14 pm

    One of Hitler’s top priorities was the extinction of Jews along with any other race that wasn’t worthy in his eyes. His main targets were Jewish people as he believed that they were a problem in Germany. At first Hitler decided to force the Jewish people to leave Germany and even though many left, some did not have the same opportunity. He saw that this was not working since many remained behind so he came up with a different plan called the “Final Solution”. He gathered all the Jews in Germany along with other Jews from different parts of Europe and sent them concentration camps where they were murdered by either electrocution, phenol injections, flamethrowers, hand grenades, and machine guns. However, the most efficient and most used method of killing was the gas chambers. This is one of the most tragic events in history

  4. Teddy Chattah permalink
    December 16, 2012 12:15 pm

    Hitler from the start hated Jews but knew that he couldn’t just start killing them openly. He subtly led Germans to believe that the Jews were the reason they lost World War I, their economy was failing, and other problems within the country. As anti-jewish sentiment began to grow, the Jews were slowly removed from civil society. The Germans did not want any association with the Jews and enacted laws against them (such as the Nuremburg Laws). Hitler then called for the removal of all the Jews from Germany. When the world remained quiet about that, Hitler began to exterminate Jews by the hundreds of thousands. Many were sent directly to gas chambers for mass extermination while others were sent (all able-bodied Jews) to work and to be experimented on and then eventually killed.

  5. Vera Orlando permalink
    December 16, 2012 2:06 pm

    Any genocide in history is terrifying to learn or hear about, however, one of the most disturbing is the Holocaust. The “final solution” was a method used by Hitler and the nazi’s to exterminate Jews in Europe due to the anti sentiment vibe going on. He didn’t just want to deport the, out of Europe, but completely get rid of them once and for all. Thousands were sent to concentration camps where they were forced to work extremely hard labor, and were checked daily for strength and Heath. The weak and sick would be the first ones sent to gas chambers, the main mechanism of being killed, while the others were worked hard until they reached that point. It is an extremely difficult topic to discuss and frightening how the majority of the people (the Jews) were unable to defend themselves without suffering severe consequences.

  6. Seon Samuel permalink
    December 17, 2012 3:56 am

    Hitler as a leader, knew what exactly he wanted. His intentions were to get rid of the jews permanently, and by deporting them would not be fulfilling his plan. He used many tactics and tricks to persuade the german community in order to execute his ‘final solution’. Hitler wanted to literally rid Germany of all Jews . Therefore he created the concentration camps and the gas chambers to exterminate all Jews from Germany, once and for all

  7. Khansa Mansoor permalink
    December 17, 2012 3:47 pm

    The Nazi’s did not pursue their plan for deportation and went through with the “final solution”. The reason behind this is that The Germans blamed everything bad that was happening to them on the Jews and so Hitler tried to get rid of them but not all of them had left Germany. Hitler had such a strong hatred towards Jews that he wanted to get rid of the entire race. He felt as if there should no more Jews remaining on the Earth. This caused him to pursue his “final solution”. In this plan, he took every drastic measure to try to eliminate all of the Jews. He did this by gathering the Jews, putting them into trains, sending them to concentration camps, and putting them into gas chambers, ovens, or other mechanisms to kill the Jews.

  8. Richard Cabral permalink
    December 18, 2012 2:55 am

    Well obviously the Nazis did not peruse their deportation plan was because of all the trouble it would be to relocate an entire race. If you think about it, moving all those millions of people would be no small feat, from the resources to the transportation would be an unrealistic amount. Thus the Nazis’s used a simpler way to rid themselves of the Jews, Their final solution which was in the form of the concentration camps. This as a method of extermination was very effective at doing its job. During the course of the war, the amount of lives lost to the camps where staggering. If the Nazis were left unchecked many millions more would have lost their lives.

  9. Ezra PIchotto permalink
    December 18, 2012 4:37 pm

    Out of all these wonderful comments I find the comment made by Irena to be the most insightful. During Hitlers rise to power he ran on a platform the directly blamed the Jews for Germany’s defeat in WW!, and the high level of unemployment. That whole platform was rubbish because many Jews did in half fight on behalf of Germany during the war, in fact Hitler did “save” a few Jews that he fought with. Hitler promised to rid Germany of the Jews, his first plan was to exile them to Madagascar or deep into Poland. Once he saw that his plan was not feasible to transport over 10 million people and he saw how economically beneficial it was to have all these people in slave labor camps helping the Nazi was effort. There were so many jews in his disposal that it was not worth it for Hitler to feed them and when they were getting to old or sick to die it would be economically “smart” to just gas them to death and to replace them with new workers

  10. Andrew Laperuta permalink
    December 18, 2012 7:45 pm

    Hitler hated the jews so much that he wanted to completely annihilate them. i believe it was easier to whipe out the jews rather than put them somewhere else. if they were placed somewhere else they would be able to get back so hitler decided to take out the factor of them being able to get back. its a horrible truth in history that happened and could never be taken back. hitler also realized that he could use some of the more physically fit jews to work for him and then gas them when new people would come in. hitler was thinking more about his self benifit than anyone else.

  11. rahman muzaffar permalink
    December 19, 2012 12:48 am

    Hitler did not want to kill the Jews at the beginning, and just wanted to deport them. As time went by and his plans started to slow down, he decided it would be more beneficial to annihilate them all. This annihilation was what he called “The final solution”. He blamed the downfall of the economy on the Jews and also the loss of the war. “The final solution” was very carefully thought out and each step was taken slowly. At first the Jews were sent to the ghettos, then they were split to go either to the concentration camps or death camps, where they all would die.

  12. Norbert Fital permalink
    December 19, 2012 1:00 pm

    The relocating of Jews to Poland and Madagascar would be very costly to perform and maintain such an operation. Millions of Jews would have to be shipped much further and relocation wouldn’t satisfy Hitler’s hatred for the Jews. Hitler hated them because the blamed the unstable economic situation on them. It would be a lot cheaper to send them to a concentration camp where they can be killed quickly and efficiently with the use of Zyklon B, which the Nazi’s were very effective in masking the truth because the concentration camps were disguised as a labor camp. This would benefit the Nazis economically and would ultimately satisfy Hitler’s hatred towards the Jews.

  13. Anastasia Davidyants permalink
    December 19, 2012 1:35 pm

    Hitler had always had the final solution in mind when it came to the Jews during World War II. He had such an immense hatred for them that he blamed the war on them and decided that they should be punished. Hitler literally wanted to eliminate all Jews from the face of the Earth in an effort to create an ideal Anglo-Saxon power race that he dreamed up. The Final Solution was his plan to wipe out all the Jews by putting them all into ghettos, then into extermination camps and killing them all. Hitler was a heartless individual who caused millions of people death. His actions created one of the worst and saddest parts of world history.

  14. Syed permalink
    December 19, 2012 9:50 pm

    The Nazis at first had planned to deport the Jews to the island of Madagascar or Nisko/Lublin in eastern Poland but they change their plane because those place was not spacious for the Jewish population. Nazis were well established industustrial and they use their experience of mass production to mass killing of Jewish population. the anti-Semitic stand of the Nazis also trigger this mass killing. first the Nazis try to separate the Jewish from the rest of their population by passing the Nuremberg laws and afterward came the planned killing of Jewish.

  15. Caryn Rosario permalink
    December 19, 2012 10:20 pm

    I think it was convenient to take the easy way out. Hitler’s hate for the Jewish people was so intense and serious that he easily wiped out thousands of them. Germans blamed the Jews for their misfortunes so the incentive to get rid of them was already there it was all about what approach they would take. Hitler obviously took it to extreme measures and got rid of Jews the quickest way possible. I feel this was Hitler’s plan all along. Its not possible to have an deportation plan and then switch it up to completely get rid of the Jews unless the intent and idea was already present or in working progress.

  16. Stephanie Tsoi permalink
    December 20, 2012 1:29 am

    Till this day i still do not know what possessed Hitler to do everything that he has done to the millions of innocent jews. How can on human being come to power and convince tens and thousands of people to follow his beliefs that do not even seem morally right. Hitler came up with every possible reason to exterminate the jews as quickly as possible. I don’t think the plan to deport them to other places in Poland was a plan set in stone, his main objective was to exterminate all of the useless jews and keep the ones that look healthy working in the concentration camps. As soon as they become ill, they would be exterminated.

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