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JWST 240 Chapter Notes - Chapter reading: Majdanek Concentration Camp, Nuremberg Trials, Total Annihilation

Jewish Studies
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JWST 240

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The Holocaust from a narrow view can be treated like any
other historical event, it had antecedents, ran a particular
course due to factor and circumstances and its effects offer
opportunity for historical analysis and evaluation
Some believe that the Holocaust was truly a unique event
involved the attempted annihilation of European Jewry
Some scholars feel that the Holocaust was different from
other historical examples of mass murder since the aim was
total annihilation by government decree of a particular
group of people who posed no threat to the established
The Holocaust signified the crisis of civilization, culture,
policy and religion - six million Jews were murdered by
Christians for no other reason than the fact that they were
The largest part of Europe's Jews died in extermination
camps, not concentration camps
The Jews who did not die in the death camps either died in
mass executions carried out in German-occupied Soviet
territories or other areas or ghettos where they were
systematically starved
Treblinka, Belzec, Chelmno and Sobibor were strictly
extermination camps while Maidanek was a concentration
camp but also an extermination camp
The same thing is true about Auschwitz
Rudolf Hoess testified at the Nuremberg trials stating that
people gassed during his term as commandant of Auschwitz
were Jews from Holland, Belgium, France, Poland, Hungary,
Czechoslovakia, Greece and other countries, they were
never registered and in a sense never became real
prisoners - they were taken to the gas chambers almost
straight from the train
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