The Holocaust was a catastrophic event that resulted in the death of six million Jewish people. It happened over the course of a few years and included events such as the invasion of Poland, establishment of ghettos, and the killings at death camps. “Nazi Germany occupied or influenced many countries during the war, and killed nearly two out of every three European Jew as part of the ‘Final Solution’. To commit a mass murder and take out so much of one population is beyond cruel. The only reason why the Holocaust had happened was because Jewish people were discriminated against, and Adolf Hitler wanted to get rid of all of them. It’s difficult to think that because one person doesn’t like Jewish people, a group of people would agree and decide to kill as much of those people as they could. “By mid-1942 Nazi German authorities deported millions of Jews from Germany, from occupied territories and from the countries of many of its Axis allies, to ghettos and to killing centres or extermination camps.” There were so many ways that these people suffered. As Jews were deported, they were also forced split up from their families. In most situations, they were separated by gender and didn’t have a high chance of seeing their families again. The Holocaust was terrible as it is, but it doesn’t stop there. Even after the Holocaust, the victims had to go through even more hardships.
The victims of the Holocaust faced numerous hardships following this catastrophic event. “In 1945, when Anglo-American and Soviet troops entered the concentration camps, they discovered piles of corpses, bones, and human ashes”. When Jews were sent to concentration camps they were forced to either work or be sent into a large chamber of fire to be killed and cremated. But if they felt you were strong, useful, or worthy enough they would send you straight to the chamber. Most of the time they sent babies and young children straight to the fire chamber. They were sent to die in such a gruesome and cruel way. “Soldiers also found thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish survivors suffering from starvation and disease”. Jewish Holocaust survivors were scared to return to their former homes due to anti-semitism. This left them out on the streets with food or water and exposed them to many different diseases and illnesses. Just because they were afraid to return their homes that they weren’t able to require basic necessities. While these survivors were living on the streets they were forced into very harsh environments where there were pogroms, violent anti-jew riots, everyday. Even after the holocaust “ended” they still faced cruel and horrible treatment.