'Despite everything, I still believe people are good at heart'.These words were immortalized by a 16 year-old Jewish girl named Anne Frank. She wrote these words down in the midst of the most ghastly war in over five millennia- World War 2. This war is especially known for its horrific killings, particularly the massacre of Jews.This episode was nicknamed the Holocaust. It was the systematic, state-sponsored murder of Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II (1939-1945). The Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler wanted to eliminate all Jews as part of his aim to conquer the world; his'final solution'. By the end of the war, the Nazis had killed about 6 million Jewish men, women, and children-more than two-thirds of the Jews in Europe.
In addition to Jews, the Nazis systematically killed millions of other people whom Hitler regarded as racially inferior or politically dangerous. The largest groups included Germans with physical handicaps or mental retardation, the Roma; also know as the Gypsies, and the Slavs, particularly Poles and Soviet prisoners of war. Nazi victims also included many homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, priests and ministers, members of labor unions, and Communists and other political opponents. Historians estimate that perhaps as many as 12 million people were killed, including the Jews. Many of the Holocaust victims were killed in specially constructed gas chambers, and their bodies were then burned. The word holocaust means ;a sacrificial offering that is completely burned.;No matter what nickname you give to it though, it was Genocide; it was murder at its darkest and most perverse moment.
This research report will focus on the reasons this massacre came about, the methods used to kill people, where these killings happened, and the different people involved in it.
The Jews had faced persecution long before the Holocaust began. Anti-Semitism (prejudice against Jews) has ex…