Running head: THE HOLOCAUST
The Holocaust: The Nazi’s Final Solution
James Madison High School
Objectively, when someone hears the term “The Final Solution” there is a good chance that they will think of world war two. It’s said to be under the rule of Adolf Hitler; this so-called “solution” was the persecution and segregation of the Jews and was implemented in stages. After the Nazi party achieved power in Germany in 1933, there was a nationwide campaign aimed to systematically isolate Jews from society and drive them out of the country. The final solution was an intricate disguise of mass murder and an act of inhumane and selfish means for acting out what I believe to be a harsh and psychologically damaging childhood.
Sited from the holocaust encyclopedia— “The Nazis frequently used euphemistic language to disguise the true nature of their crimes. They used the term “Final Solution” to refer to their plan to annihilate the Jewish people. It is not known when the leaders of Nazi Germany definitively decided to implement the “Final Solution.” The genocide or mass destruction of the Jews was the culmination of a decade of increasingly severe discriminatory measures.” This statement supports the unknown time, place, and author of this ill destined plan, however according to many passages in his book “Mein Kampf” by Hitler himself; he uses the main thesis of “the Jewish peril”, which speaks of an alleged Jewish conspiracy in which he hopes to gain world leadership. The narrative describes the process by which he became increasingly anti-Semitic and militaristic, especially during his years in Vienna. Yet, the deeper origins of his anti-Semitism remain a mystery.
... labour was grave. Many Jews suffered from malnutrition and physical abuse from the Nazis. A survivor of the Holocaust, Gloria Lyon shared ... a physically reminded every day. However, the Holocaust did not only affect the Jews but the world and its history. Works ... ”. This brutal torture affected many Jews living in Europe, physically and mentally. During the Holocaust, the German Guards were vicious ...
In April 1945, at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, British battle-weary soldiers familiar with the horrors of war, were shocked as they never thought they could be by the sights that confronted them. The following is yet another account: Their clothes were in rags, teaming with lice, and both inside and outside the huts was an almost continuous carpet of dead bodies, human excreta, rags, and filth.
The long range psychological effects of the Holocaust on the mental health of survivors are indeed complex as well as downright unfair. There can be no doubt that profound shock enveloped those arriving at the death camps. What had once been only rumor was, in fact, truth. Shock was followed by apathy. Also, in general, the senses became heightened, and one lived as a hunted animal, always on the alert for danger. Any aggressive, vengeful impulse had to be constantly suppressed, thus a paranoid attitude could become deeply rooted. Apathy was a period filled with extreme danger, any new arrival, who was already exhausted from the dehumanizing conditions of his transport or the ghettos, which remained in shock for any length of time, would surely be killed. And if he retreated into himself for too long, he would be shunned by other prisoners, and would be thus deprived of their support.
One way survivors coped with the prolonged horrors of the holocaust was to sustain the hope of reuniting with their families. Upon liberation, however, most of them were confronted not only with the discovery that their family members and friends had not survived, but also sometimes with the horrible circumstances of their deaths. Many survivors, when physically able, returned to their home towns only to find their property destroyed or taken over, their pre-war neighbors indifferent or hostile, and their communities obliterated. While some did find a few surviving relatives, others either never discovered what happened to their loved ones or learned that every single Jewish person they had ever known before the war had been murdered. Unable to fully comprehend their tragedy or to express their grief or rage, the survivors still had to undertake the task of rebuilding their lives. As they began these new lives, living conditions were often cramped and poor. There were few clothes and household goods available and food was rationed. Interesting and well-paying jobs were hard to come by. Most of the young refugees found themselves in menial factory or office jobs, or in domestic work.
... experiences the persecuted children encountered during the Holocaust is immeasurable. Of the few survivors who lived their childhood through the war years, many were ... no value for the innocence and humanity of children. Families were separated and never reunited. Children usually adolescent or older were able to ...
A frequent occurrence was marriages that seemed to disregard all ordinary criteria. Recreating a family and bringing a child into the world was a concrete attempt to compensate for their losses, to counter the massive disruption of their lives and to undo the dehumanization and loneliness they had experience. Many survivors gave birth in DP camps as soon as they were physically able. Almost without exception, the newborn children were named after those who had perished. The children were often viewed as a symbol of victory over the Nazis. They were the future.
My knowledge of the Holocaust spans as far back as 2003 when I was just seventeen years old. I had just been discovering that I was of German descent and was very proud of this fact. It wasn’t until after only a few months of waiting for my new found pride to die that down a kid I had been going to school with who although, wasn’t a close friend seemed neutral in my presence that he began to call me a Nazi. I felt confused by this and began to do some research at my local library. I had felt hurt and frustrated because even though I am not Jewish, I felt like the discrimination legacy had never ended. Throughout time the idea of being superior to someone else has taught us nothing but dead end lessons in which they need to stop so society can truly move forward. This particular assignment and course have taught me so much about the never ending pattern from the Egyptians to many kings of France, to Marxism, to Adolf Hitler. I only hope that future generations will benefit from this knowledge and make the change.
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McFee, G. When did Hitler decide on the final solution- //www.holocaust-history.org/hitler-final-solution/
Holocaust Encyclopedia – //www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?moduleid=10005151