Holocaust; important to remember

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The holocaust, a very tragic moment in history, the genocidal dictatorship in Germany placed a new order, Men, women and children are to be ruthlessly taken and placed into camps, under the order of the new fuehrer, Adolf Hitler. Placed into compact quarters and treated like animals, considering not they were human. Homosexuals, Gypsies, prisoners of war, Russians, Poles, Catholic priests, Jehovah's Witnesses and others were more or less systematically murdered as the Holocaust continued, Stuffed into high capacity gas chambers or crematory system soon after their placement into the camp. Many of them were worked to death, died of starvation, exposure to the elements, or epidemic and disease. The motivation for this was entirely racial, there were little if any economical benefits, in fact some may believe this had brought economical loss to Germany. The victims presented no threat to the German nation, nor to the Nazi regime. Neither national security nor territorial expansions were served by it, though Hitler used the ideology of "racial purity" as a rationale for both.

There was a plethora of research conducted on the extermination of the Jews. The first was The Final Solution by Gerald Reitlinger and the second The Destruction of the European Jews by Raul Hilberg. Most major studies since have had the same focus: Lucy Dawidowicz (The War Against the Jews; Leni Yahil (The Holocaust); Hilberg (Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders); Daniel Goldhagen (Hitler's Willing Executioners); Martin Gilbert (The Holocaust); Arad et al (Documents on the Holocaust); Yitzak Arad (Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps) and many more. It is important for us to remember the holocaust, when genocide happens in a massive number of individuals lost. Even today lives are lost as the world stands by like spectators. Conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Serbia are an example of...