Analysis of the Holocaust, Hitler’s final solution and it’s impact on the world.
Useful for those year 12 students completing the HSC studying the after the bomb module in English Extension I.
- What was the Holocaust? What was Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’? Why did this have such a wide impact across the world.
The Holocaust, otherwise known as the ‘Shoah’ by the Jewish people, was the Genocide of political undesirables and ethnic minorities during the Second World War, particularly on the Jewish population in Europe. Six million people were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany in a horrifically sophisticated and efficient system, with the victims including Soviet and Polish civilians, Prisoners of War, homosexuals, disabilities, Gypsies and Jews.
The ‘Final Solution’ was a plan orchestrated by Heinrich Himmler (Reichsmarhsall of the SS), Reinhard Heydrich, Hermann Goering and many other accomplices to answer the ‘Jewish Question’. This would involve the construction of extermination camps to build and industrialise the extermination of the Jewish population in Europe.
The Holocaust had a major impact on the world as it had brought genocide on a scale that had never been seen before. Within a period of six years, Nazi Germany (which, prior to the war had been rather highly regarded) managed to systematically eradiate the lives of six million people through various means. The discovery of concentration camps near the end of the Second World War not only astounded soldiers liberating the camps, but also the rest of the world. The lack of human compassion and the sheer efficiency of the murders was confronting to all who heard about it. The Nuremburg Trials of 1946 where numerous Nazi war criminals were sentenced to life, imprisonment or merely set free brought much anger in the world community as well.