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 March 28th, 2009, I’m Royce, and I’m here to talk to you about the hunt for the last surviving Nazis from World War Two.
Holocaust. In The Dictionary, it means to wipe out an entire race with destruction or fire.
Genocide. This word in the Dictionary means to systematically exterminate an entire racial, national, political, or cultural group.
How do these two words connect? Well, in the years of 1939-1945 there was a war between the Allies, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the United States, and the Axis Powers, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan. It was mainly fought in Europe most of the years, by soldiers on foot. This war was the goriest in recorded history. Over 70 million lives were taken just in this war. And the worst part was that most of the lives lost were civilians. In total, 47,661,800 civilian lives were lost.
The main contributor to the cause of these many civilian deaths was a man named Adolf Hitler, Nazi leader of Germany. He was a racist, he believed that the ‘Superior Race’ was from Nordic ancestry with blonde hair and blue eyes. He hated almost anyone that was different, he could not stand it. Mainly, he hated Jews. He thought they were filthy, nasty, and were the devil’s workers. So what did he do? He would go into towns and round all their Jewish population and put them in a part of the town just for them, called a ghetto. By ghettoizing cities and towns across Europe, he could keep the Jews exactly where he wanted them and keep an eye on them. This also kept them separate from Hitler’s ‘Superior Race’.
But soon, as you can imagine, the ghettos started to fill up, very fast too. So Hitler devised up yet another plan, creating Concentration Camps, work and death camps where the workers would do hard labor all day, be fed only small portions of what they were supposed to be fed, and were worked to death. Many notorious death camps are: Treblinka, Aushwitz, Sobibor, Majdanek, Chelmno, and Belzec.
At the hand of the Nazi’s, very few survived what was known in history as “The Holocaust” or “haShoah” in Hebrew. People that Hitler killed were considered detrimental to the German society. Jews, Soviet POW’s, Ethnic Poles, Romani, Disabled, Free Masons, Homosexuals, and Jehovah’s Witnesses were all victims of mass murder.
Of course Hitler couldn’t do all this alone. He had a mass Army of what were called Nazis. Nazis operated the death and labor camps.
So, the BBC News says that a hunt for the last few Nazis is on. Seeing how the biological clock for them is ticking, they are getting old and lots of them already have gotten away and have died of old age.
“Hitler was no doubt the greatest monster in human history. This is why we need to find the Nazis and arrest them for their war crimes.” says Cody, a writer at the Modern Typewriter.
“We can’t just let the people who were responsible for the deaths of over 70 million people. We can’t just let them free.”
Remember, I’m Royce, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT
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