The founder and leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler was the most influential voice in the implementation and execution of the Holocaust. He wanted the extermination and ethnic cleansing of Europe, by removing Jews and other non-Aryans.
Nazi propaganda played a major role in the pursuit of extermination of millions of people in the Holocaust. Through the use of propaganda, the Nazi Party reached in the peaks of over forty percent of votes in the election, by manipulating people's minds to their beliefs.
Storm troopers would stand menacingly in front of Jewish owned department stores, retail establishments and the offices of professionals. The star of David was painted in yellow and black across thousands of doors and windows, with accompanying antisemitic signs . The government soon passed a law restricting employment in the civil service to "Aryans". Jewish government workers were fired.
Council officials were puppets to the Nazis, and were required to round up fellow Jews for the deportation to slave labour and death camps
The German Army's policy of forcing Jews to wear identifying badges was but one of many psychological tactics aimed at isolating and dehumanizing the Jews of Europe, directly marking them as being inferior to everyone else.
The Nazis viewed the Jew's belongings and their financial capital as German property, and they had no intention of allowing refugees to take anything of material value with them. Most of those who fled had to relinquish their titles to homes and businesses, and were subject to increasingly heavy emigration taxes that reduced their assets.
Frank's family and van Pels's family had spent two years in hiding in the back of Otto Frank's company building, never once stepping outside, in fear of the Nazi's Anti-Jewish Scheme.
Auschwitz concentration camp alone murdered somewhere between 2.1 million to 4 million people, the majority of whom were Jews. The majority died in gas chambers though many died from starvation, forced labour, disease, shooting squads and odious medical experiments
The lack of food, poor diet, and hard labour caused the prisoners to suffer from starvation sickness. They lost weight and muscle tissue and many thousands died. Others became to weak to work and were then murdered in the gas chambers.
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