Extermination Camps

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Extermination Camps

Extermination CampsJason OberjohannS.S. Period E

The Importance of the Extermination CampsThis topic is so important in today’s world because it was a catastrophe that affected so many lives and so many families. It is important for our world to learn from what happened because if we don’t, then history could very easily just repeat itself. Just imagine what it would be like if you had to suffer in those camps and be stripped of everything you ever had. You wouldn’t want to be in that situation so why would you put other people in it. Our Earth has already made one huge mistake; we don’t need to do it again.

The Reasoning for this TopicI chose this topic because extermination camps played a very big part in the Holocaust. Many innocent lives were affected by this tragedy and it is definitely an important for people of all ages to learn about. History and ancestry is important to many families. Many people in today’s world are probably related to a victim in some way. Those human beings weren’t treated with the respect they deserved in any kind of way.

The Background of Extermination CampsIn about a four year span, six extermination camps were created by the German soldiers in 1941. The main reason for these camps were for killing Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Slavic people, and many others from different nationalities and religions. The camps made the people feel inhumane and got treated so poorly. All six of these extermination camps were established in Poland. The six camps, (in the order they were created) were Chelmno, Belzec, Treblinka, Sobibor, Auschwitz, and finally Majdanek. Many of the first people to be sent to these camps were the three million people that lived in the central part of Poland.

More About the CampsThe three camps called Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka were known together as Operation Reinhard. Nearly 1,500,000 people died from this brutal operation in just a year. The soldiers would cremate the corpses after they died to get rid of any evidence of the gassings. They would have to hide the remains of bodies in a camouflage type of way, around their camps. Even today people don’t understand why Hitler and his army created the extermination camps in the first place.

Details About the CampsThere were six total extermination camps and a total of around three million Jews were murdered there. Most of the camps lasted for about one to two years. The two main extermination camps that were responsible for the most killings were Auschwitz and Treblinka. Auschwitz killed more than one million people and Treblinka killed 900,000 people. Those two extermination camps had about 800,000 total deaths more than the other fours camps combined. Many of these deaths at the harsh camps were from either gas chambers or mass shootings.

Men are fighting...because they are convinced that the extermination ofadversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being.- Ludwig von Mises


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