If people in the Jewish communities knew what was being planned, why didn't they try to escape? Why didn't they fight back? I remember seeing a movie, also a true story, I can't remember its name, but it had guy who is the newest James Bond (Daniel something) as the main character. He and his brothers saved entire Jewish communities by having them run from the ghettos and live in the woods, and at the same time create a resistance to fight off Nazis if they should come near. It's obvious that there were people trying to fight back - it just astounds me that so many just laid down and died...
Wow...this just astounds me in its insensitivity. The Jewish people (and others) who were murdered under the Nazi regime during the Holocaust didn't just "lay down and die". Hitler's "Final Solution" (the planned execution of all European Jews) wasn't something that came about at the snap of a finger and wasn't widely publicized. It was part of a well-planned and well-orchestrated attempt at genocide that started with state sponsored racism and then grew worse and worse.
An excerpt from the Holocaust Museum's website that may help to explain some of what was happening:
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005151Under the rule of Adolf Hitler, the persecution and segregation of Jews was implemented in stages. After the Nazi party achieved power in Germany in 1933, its state-sponsored racism led to anti-Jewish legislation, economic boycotts, and the violence of the Kristallnacht("Night of Broken Glass") pogroms, all of which aimed to systematically isolate Jews from society and drive them out of the country.
The "Final Solution" wasn't put into play until 1941. By that time the Jews were already in the concentration camps and forced labor camps. Many of them were too weak to even resist at that point. As they were being led to gas chambers, they were being told they were taken to communal showers.
For the most part, most of the world didn't even know about Hitler's "Final Solution" and as the Allied forces advanced, the Germans would try to hide evidence of the death camps.
As the Allied forces liberted the concentration camps and death camps and word of what the Nazis were doing reached the rest of the world, many couldn't believe that it was happening...that someone could hate another so badly as to try to wipe the very existence of a race from the planet...that is how atrocious what was happening was...it defied human nature.