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Friday, January 26, 2018 - 5:36pm

 

1. Concentration Facilites 

42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps were documented throughout Europe between Hitler's reign from 1933-1945. A number so high that many scholars were shocked to see the data. These camps were used for the most barbaric actions ever taken against mankind. Some were war supply factories where prisoners were forced to manufacture the very weapons that would be used against them, some were brothels, and other facilities were particularly horrible camps would include “care” centers where pregnant prisoners were forced to abort their babies and were killed upon birth.

 

2. The Third Reich

The Third Reich established about 110 camps at the start of their reign in the year 1933. These 110 camps imprisoned about 10,000 enemies of the Hitler. By the end of the war, there were 42,500 camps that had imprisoned somewhere about 15 million to 20 million people. That is a 38,536% increases in the number of camps along with a 150,000% increase in the number of prisoners in a 12 year period.
 

3. Jewish Death Totals

9.5 million Jews lived in Europe before the war began. This was about 60% of the Jewish world population. These 9.5 million Jews comprised of 1.7% of the total European population. There were 6 million Jews murdered over the 12 year period of the holocaust. Of those 6 million,  1.1 million were Jewish children. Europe went from a vibrant and culturally Jewish rich part of the world, a population of only 3.8 million Jews in 1945. This was only 35% of the world's Jewish population.

 

4. April 1, 1933

April 1, 1933, marked the day of the Nazi party’s first act in dehumanizing the Jewish people. This began with boycotting all Jewish-run businesses in Germany. Two years later the Nuremberg laws were issued. These laws stripped the Jewish people of their German citizenship and prohibited extramarital sex between Jews and the German people as Jews were viewed as inferior. Jews were later banned from public parks, public schools, fired from civil service jobs, forced to register their property, and were not allowed to leave certain areas of Germany. In November of 1938, as the restrictions and persecution of Jews continued to rise, Kristallnacht began to take place. That night, the burning of synagogues, destruction of Jewish owned business and homes, and physical attacks on the Jewish people took place. The Jewish people were stripped of their livelihood, religion, and quality of life in this short five-year span.

 

5. Family Separation

Separation in families was an ongoing and heartbreaking time for jews during the holocaust. Starting at Kristallnacht, 30,000 Jewish men were imprisoned and thousands of families remained fatherless, most of whom never saw their father or husband again. Upon Kristallnacht, many Jewish mothers knew that the best chance for their children's survival was to find a way for them to escape and knowing very well that the likelihood they would see their children again would be very small. Thousands of children were sent all over the world without their family to protection and comfort of their families. Six thousand children were sent to Palestine and 10,000 children were later sent to Britain. Many of these children were captured and many had a complete loss of identity. This was a crippling time for Jewish families as the day of reunification would never come.

6. Jewish Ghettoes

Ghettoes were used to segregate Jews from everyday life. Ghettos were set in small spaces with extreme overpopulation. The living conditions were miserable and under constant surveillance by the Nazis. Hitler established at least 1,000 ghetto’s in German-occupied space. Warsaw alone held over 400,000 jews in a dense 1.3-mile area. Jews were forced to wear a yellow star of David to make it known they were Jewish or “inferior”. Ghettoes were an integral part of Hitler's “Final Solution”. The “Final Solution” was a plan beginning in 1941 to murder all European Jews left. The Germans would destroy the ghetto’s and take the jews to killing centers or camps where they would work until they died.

 

 
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 5:46pm

1. Why are the Iranians protesting?

Iranian Protests

 

There are many factors that have brought Iranians out to protest, many of these reasons are linked to the state of the economy, and mostly, years of political and social repression.

 

The endemic corruption, fraud, and mismanagement of the government have caused the people of Iran to grow tired of the leadership in place and its funding of terrorism abroad while their economy is suffering. It is estimated that almost half of the countries GDP goes to the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps)  for continued involvement in proxy wars in the Mideast. Iran is proud of their increased status as a result of fighting in Syria and Yemen but at what cost will this continue?

 

Due to the inflation in the region, the cost of living is so high most people need to work multiple jobs in order to keep their families afloat.

 

2. What are they asking for?

Iranians are asking for their government to listen to them. Iran needs a fundamental change in it's economy and government. Many believe this is an impossible task to accomplish without breaking the stranglehold of groups like the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) on the Iranian economy.

 

3. How has the government responded?

 

 

Due to travel restrictions and limitations on internet access in the region media networks have limited ability to report on the ongoing unrest. The government also limited the use of the internet and social media in order to disrupt its citizens ability to continue to organize protests as well as remove online footage that would incite more of its citizens to protest violently.

 

4. When did this begin?

 

 

The first protest began Thursday, December 28, 2017, in Mashhad, Iran's second largest city, and holy site. There, protesters were found shouting "leave Syria alone, think about us" Referring to Iran's military involvement in Syria.

 

5. What will happen in the coming weeks?

 

 

Although we have no way of knowing how this development will continue to unravel in the weeks and months to come, many experts expect the regime to grow increasingly repressive. The IRGC is no stranger to containing protests such as these and is prepared for much worse.

 

In Tehran alone 450 protesters have been arrested in the last 3 days. Although Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said, "People are free to express their criticism and to protest," The head of Tehran Revolutionary Court warned on Tuesday that arrested protesters could potentially face death penalty cases when they come to trial. Some Iranians even fear the IRGC has allowed the protest to fester as a pretext for expanding their authority in the name of national security

 

SOURCES:

- https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/12/the-battle-for...

- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5229033/Iran-blocks-social-media...

- http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/deaths-reported-iran-anti-governme...

- https://www.timesofisrael.com/qa-whats-happening-with-irans-ongoing-prot...

- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/rift-between-irans-ayatoll...

- http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/31/middleeast/iran-protests-sunday/index.html

- https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/12/31/Iran-cuts-o...

- https://gizmodo.com/iran-moves-to-block-social-media-apps-mobile-network...

- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/01/02/the-rea...

- http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/02/protestors-threatened-death-penalty-speaki...

 
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