World War II.

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As a person looks at the last thousand years of history, many events come to mind. To be more specific, many world-changing events have occurred. Many of them have good explanations, or just reason as to why they happened. There were also a handful of events that had no rhyme or reason. These are the events the world may never understand. In the writer's mind, these are the events that changed the world the most. There is one particular event that seems to stand out when considering only the events of the 1900's.

The events of World War II are broad and abundant, from the advances in warfare and technology to the cruelty of using genocide to gain power. Genocide took a major role in the occurrences during the war. It involved persecution of Jews and other minorities. This is the event during the war that appalls the writer. Why the Nazis would put the Jewish people through such devastation is something the world may never know.

What we do know is how they did it.

It began as a proclamation by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. His proclamation was that Germans were a superior race destined to rule the world. Hitler drilled this thought into the minds of his fellow Germans until they believed it to be true. In order to rule the world, Hitler felt it necessary to rid the world of all inferior races. The Jews were one of the races he thought inferior. They were blamed for all of Germany's problems. Due to these beliefs, Hitler took action.

He did so by organizing SS units, otherwise known as mobile killing units. The job of commanding these units was given to Heinrich Himmler. His orders were to kill all the civilians possible, especially the Jews. The executions...