THE HOLOCAUST: THE FORGOTTEN VICTIMS
ENG 105 - 24
November 5, 2002
A.Who was Hitler?
1.Adolf Hitler was the dictator of Germany from 1889-1945. He caused the death of an estimated 11,860,000, people between 1939 and 1945. It has been said that the holocaust was about the senseless murder of the Jewish people. This is not entirely true. Hitler did order the murder of over 5,860,000 Jews, but who were the other 5,000,000? Many people from the forgotten groups were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest concentration camp run by the Nazis. The other victims were Polish (non Jewish), Gypsies, Jehovah Witnesses, disabled people and homosexuals. He also ordered the sterilization of mulatto children, and medical experiments on twins.
2. Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany between 1931 and 1933, during their depression.
He endorsed the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi Party) and the Communist Party. These seemed attractive to many of the Germans. Hitler came to power by a combination of legal means and backroom politics. He became the Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. Once Hitler came to power, he governed by decree and suspended individual liberties. Six months after he gained power, he ordered the execution of members within his own party. Hitler then assumed the office of President as well as Chancellor and became Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Reich. With the army swearing personal allegiance to the man Adolf Hitler, his dictatorship of Germany became complete (Holocaust Survivors: Encyclopedia, 2003). Hitler built a strong and obedient army very quickly and made it clear that the German race as the only "true" race.