Something similar was going on in Europe to the JEWS. Hitler and his NAZI regime were actively educating the people of Europe that the world-wide DEPRESSION was the fault of the JEWISH people because many of the BUSINESSES were owned by the JEWS.
An education program began in 1933, which included showing people “evidence” that the Jews were not fully HUMAN and compared them to rats. Any existing books that did not agree with this education program were BANNED. Newspapers were CENSORED or forced only to print what agreed with the Nazis. Also, the first CONCENTRATION CAMP was built in Dachau, Poland for prisoners.
Hitler started a program called the FINAL SOLUTION which he outlined in his book MEIN KAMPF. The first step called for a BOYCOTT (refusal to shop at or use) of Jewish businesses starting on April 1, 1933 at 10:30am. This one day boycott caused villages and cities to continue boycotting these businesses.
In 1935, any teachers, scientists, government officials, lawyers, doctors, etc. that did not agree with the Nazis were ARRESTED and sent to prison. Why did the Nazis target these people first? They were the most intelligent and had leadership qualities to organize resistance to the Nazis.
In July of 1938, a law was passed forcing Jews to carry identification cards with a “J” signifying that they were Jewish. This law went into effect on January 1, 1939. In October of 1938, 17,000 Polish Jews living in Germany were rounded up and deported to Poland
KRYSTALLNACHT: The Night of Broken Glass November 9 -10, 1938 was the first night of organized VIOLENCE against Jews. On these nights, mobs of people attacked JEWS around Germany and German-occupied territories. They broke business windows, burned SYNOGOGUES (Jewish churches), and even MURDERED 96 Jews and injured thousands more.
Cemeteries and schools were also DESTROYED. 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to CONCENTRATION CAMPS (by this time more had been built). At this time, many Jews went into HIDING because they were afraid things would get worse…and they were right.
1939: Jews were now forced to follow CURFEWS, turn in all VALUABLES to the police and wear a yellow STAR OF DAVID on ALL clothing at ALL times. 1940-1944: All German-Jews were deported out of Germany to POLAND. Jews were forced to live in GHETTOS. In these, the Jews were forced to build the FENCES around the ghettoes and work to help the Nazi cause in the GHETTO.
At any point the ghettoes could be LIQUIDATED, which meant that all Jews in the ghetto would be rounded up and put on a train heading to the CONCENTRATION CAMPS. There were two different types of concentration camps. LABOR camps were set up and the Jews would work in these camps. There were also DEATH camps; most that were sent to these were put to death. Ultimately, very few people made it out of the concentration camps alive.
This was the HOLOCAUST, which literally means BURNT HOLE. This is how the Nazis destroyed the evidence of what they had done. They would send the Jews to the GAS CHAMBERS to be killed and then the bodies were sent to the crematoriums to be BURNED.
However, enough evidence was seized by the Allies during LIBERATION (when the Jews were freed) to prove what had happened. This was Hitler’s attempt at GENOCIDE or killing off of an entire race. In all, more than 10 million people were killed in the Holocaust. Of those at least 6 million were Jews.
From 1945-1949, those responsible for the murders during the Holocaust were put on trial in NUREMBERG, Germany. These trials were called the NUREMBERG TRIALS. The results of the trials were that several men were sentenced to life in prison or sentenced to death for their crimes against HUMANITY.