The Holocaust

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is January 9th, 2007, I’m Rochester, and I am here to discuss the Holocaust.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27th, the date in which the concentration camp, Auschwitz, was liberated. That is why today we are learning about the Holocaust.

The word “holocaust” means to completely destroy with fire, which in this case would make sense. The Nazis killed mainly Jewish people in Gas Chambers. During what is known as the Holocaust, two-thirds of the population of Jews were killed. That was 6 million Jews at the time.

To kill the Jews, the Nazis did terrible things. Some of the officers would do medical experiments without pain medicine. One woman looked after 50 sets of twins and remembered this:

“I remember one set of twins in particular: Guido and Ina, aged about four. One day, Mengele took them away. When they returned, they were in a terrible state: they had been sewn together, back to back, like Siamese twins. Their wounds were infected and oozing pus. They screamed day and night. Then their parents—I remember the mother’s name was Stella—managed to get some morphine and they killed the children in order to end their suffering.”

The Nazis said they had a “final solution” for the Jews. They would kill them.

The extermination camps were where the Nazis would send the Jews and kill them in gas chambers, medical experiments, and other cruel things.  The extermination camps and death tolls are listed below.

  • Auschwitz II-  1,400,000
  • Belzec- 600,000
  • Chelmno- 320,000
  • Jasenovac- 600,000
  • Majdanek- 360,000
  • Maly Trostinets- 65,000
  • Sobibor- 250,000
  • Terblinka- 870,000

As you see above, the numbers are incredible. If you were a Jew at the time of the Holocaust, what would you do? Would you try to escape? Would you just sit there and die? Leave us a comment and express your opinion!

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  1. Felicia · · Reply

    To be honest… I have no idea what I’d do. I’d try to survive the best that I could. I’ve known about the Holocaust ever since I was seven years old when my parents let me watch Schindler’s List. Since then, I’ve been learning about it and the atrocities of which the Germans committed all across Europe. It was such horrifying knowledge to discover at such a young age, yet I’ve always been curious to explore such a touchy subject.

  2. what would i do.
    what could i have done? like so many, they had no idea the trama they where soon going to face, un abel to protect there young and them selves. what els could they do but to lay down and except the fact i was going to die.

  3. o my god i cant believe this . its just so amazing and cruel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Luke Howell · · Reply

    i As it sounds unbelieve would kill my self i woul not do deeds for the nazi

    hitler was a wimp anyway he killed him self because the British were coming for him

  5. Well during the Holocaust, imprisoned Jews were put through all sorts of terrors. Sure, we hear about these things, we are astonished at the atrocities that occurred, we say “Naughty Nazis!” And feel compassion and sorrow for the people that were killed so brutally, the families that were ripped apart, and the lives that were corrupted by the memory of it. But imagine being in the midst of it. You would see these crimes against humanity every day, so often that you probably would have become numb to it. Uncaring? I dont think so. Elie Wiesel, author of Night, writes about how surviving becomes his only goal. How the survival of his father becomes a burden, and when he does die, there were no tears left for him. For me, thats the thing about the Holocaust that really gets under my skin. That people could instill in a group of people such a fear for death or starvation that they wouldn’t even have their faith or love for others anymore. They had nothing to hold onto other than the heart beating in their own chests.

  6. EmmaLee · · Reply

    this makes me soo angry!
    im learning about this in school…
    i have no idea what i would have done. it was kill or be killed.
    Not to mention if you even tryed to help the jewish people the gastapo (Evil Police) would come after you and torcher you untill you told. their were so many different crule ways they tryed to kill these innocent people. And i just cant stop thinking about what they did to the children, they told them they were going to go to a new school and to hold hands in walk in a line, and they were killed.
    the to old to work and the to young to work BRUTALY DESTROYED.
    Honestly Hitler had a FREAKIN chemical imbalance and obviously so did alot of other germen dudes.
    pardon my french.

  7. i not this sounds corny but i wouldnt stand for crap like that. id either kill myself or die trying to get out. the way that the german people stood around not doing anything just fueled the fire.

  8. christian · · Reply

    id organize a group and sneak out at night kill the guards and take off to hitler and put him six feet under

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