- What was the Holocaust?
- Memories of pre-war life
- The Nazi rise to power
- The Nazification of Germany
- The Nazi impact on Europe
- The Nazi camp system
- The Final Solution
- How did the world respond?
- Survival and legacy
From the Nazi rise to power through to the outbreak of war, the world had access to a wide range of sources of information and evidence about the Nazi's actions and policies. Even after the outbreak of war the Allies were building up a dossier of evidence of the Nazi atrocities. However, the response of the Allies left much to be desired.
Whilst there may have been responses from individual politicians and some organisations, there was very little protest from governments.
This political and diplomatic weakness encouraged Hitler to continue his brutal policies against the Jews and his political enemies. Hitler was also initially able to develop his policy of expansion across Europe, with little official reaction from the wider world.
The ‘Responses’ section of The Holocaust Explained seeks to explain how people across the world responded to the events in Nazi controlled Europe. This includes the treatment of communities and peoples by the Nazis and their accomplices.
More importantly, the section seeks to question why some people acted in a way that enabled or allowed the Nazis to carry out their inhumane polices and why others acted to protect and save lives.