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1 Nazi Deportation of Hungarian Jews at the Expense of Losing the War Lisa Armstrong St. Thomas Aquinas High School Overland Park, KS

2 The Holocaust The Holocaust refers to a specific genocidal event in twentieth- century history: the state- sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945.

3 Nazis Transform Germany into a Racial State Nuremberg Laws passed in Germany to revoke Jewish citizenship and rights beginning in 1933 Nazis begin the war against Jews

4 Expanding the Racial Campaigns March 1938: Germany occupies Austria March 1939: Germany occupies Czechoslovakia September 1939: Germany invades Poland Jews of Poland put into ghettos June 1941: Germany invades Russia Einsatzgruppen: Mobile Killing Squads Feb. 1942: Auschwitz opens

5 Hungary before WWII Modern Hungary est One of Germanys most loyal allies Antisemitic government

6 Antisemitism in Hungary Prewar: Pogroms, restrictions from attending universities, eliminations from public service 1938: Anti-Jewish laws passed 1941: Exiled 17,000 stateless Jews those who were not used as slave laborers were executed by Nazi Einsatzgruppen


8 Hungary during WWII 1938: Ally of Germany in taking over Czechoslovakia 1941: Aided Germany in the invasion of Russia 1943: Hitler upset with Hungarys seeming neutrality in the war, and for not doing more to eliminate their Jews (Dawidowicz 379).


10 German Occupation of Hungary March, 1944: Hitler declares occupation SS and Reich leader Edmund Veesenmeyer rules Hungarian government

11 Arrow Cross Party Antisemitic Hungarian Intimidated and harrassed Jews 1944 ordered remaining Jews of Budapest into ghetto

12 Intimidation by Nazi forces Gestapo moved into Hungarian towns Listed all wealthy individuals Took leaders into custody Threatened to shoot leaders if the wealthy wouldnt pay (Gilbert 662).

13 A synagogue used as a warehouse for the belongings of deported Jews. Szeged ghetto, Hungary, 1944.

14 Deportations Adolf Eichmann 10 March 1944: meeting at Mauthausen concentration camp to plan the deportation of 750,000 Jews of Hungary


16 Railroads Principal means for transporting troops, munitions, supplies & raw materials (Hilberg) Daily usage for military and industrial purposes YET, freight trains also used for deportations of Jews

17 First Deportations March 19, 1944: Nazis occupy Hungary 200 Jewish doctors and lawyers from Budapest deported to Mauthausen Nazis sent 12,000 Hungarian Jews a day to Auschwitz


19 Deportations By June 7, 290,000 Jews from Carpathia & Transylvania (where Elie Wiesel is from) had been deported By July 7, over 437,000 Hungarian Jews had been deported to Auschwitz. (Dawidowicz)


21 Slave Labor Thousands were also sent to the border with Austria to be deployed at digging fortification trenches. 100,000 Hungarian Jews were brought to German Labor Camps because Hitler allowed Himmler and Speer to bring some Jews into Germany to add to the labor force needed for military production (Bergman 212).


23 Deportations By the end of July 1944, the only Jewish community left in Hungary was that of Budapest, the capital.



26 The Last Days Academy Award winning documentary Personal accounts of five Hungarian Jews who survived


28 Night by Elie Wiesel Nonfiction Sighet, in the region of Transylvania, Hungary

29 World Response Listening to London news--1942, progress of Allies Russian army making progress

30 Persecution Gradual reduction of rights Einsatzgruppen--Moshes reports Ghetto experience liquidation of the ghetto train ride to Birkenau


32 Antisemitism/Racism Dehumanization in the camps Bystanders watching them leave the ghetto Bystanders watching them on the death march

33 The Final Solution Death camp--Birkenau concentration camps--Auschwitz, Buna, Gleiwitz, Buchenwald



36 Raoul Wallenberg

37 Better Late than Never Arrived in Budapest in July of 1944 Agent of American War Refugee Board Swedish Government


39 Swedish Passports 250,000 Jews remained in Hungary Holders under the protection of Swedish legation until emigration to Sweden


41 Swedish Housing Nazis wouldnt allow Jews to cross Germany into Sweden Wallenberg purchased or rented 32 buildings in Budapest Housed at least 20,000 Jews awaiting emigration to Sweden

42 Protection of Sealed Ghetto Wallenberg saved 70,000 Jews by demanding that German commander prevent eminent murders Convinced commander that he would be hung when the Russians came

43 Wallenberg the Hero He gave us the sense that we were still human beings. My mother and I were among thousands taken one night to stay at a brick factory outside Budapest. There was no food, no water, no sanitation facilities, no light. Then Wallenberg appeared and said he would try to return with passports, or safety passes, as we called them and would also try to get medical attention and sanitation facilities. Soon afterward, some doctors and nurses came from the Jewish Hospital. The point about Wallenberg is that he came himself. He talked to us and showed us that one human being cared about what was happening to us (Facing History 409).

44 Elie Wiesel on Wallenberg: Sadly, tragically, Raoul Wallenberg belonged to a small minority. And his mission started late, much too late, at a time when, except for those in the Hungarian capital, there were no more Jews left to be saved. Why had he not been sent earlier? Why had other diplomats not been dispatched to other cities on similar rescue operations? What would have happened if, in 1943, neutral nations had offered protection to the Jews of Warsaw, if great powers had offered citizenship to the Jews of Paris and Amsterdam?

45 How would you answer Wiesels questions? Would such an effort have stopped fate or even reversed it?


47 Resources Bergen, Doris. War and Genocide. Chamberlain, Scott. The Last Days: A Study Guide. Shoah Foundation. Los Angeles Dawidowicz, Lucy S. The War Against the Jews Bantam Books. New York Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior. Brookline, Mass Gilbert, Martin. The Macmillan Atlas of the Holocaust. Da Capo Press. New York Gilbert, Martin. The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. New York Hilberg, Raul. Destruction of the European Jews. Wiesel, Elie. Night. Bantam Books. New York Wiesel, Elie. Memoirs: All Rivers Run to the Sea. Shocken Books. New York, 1995.

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