Essay about World War II as a Good War
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World War II as a Good War
The vast majority of Americans supported World War II (WWII) after Pearl Harbor was bombed, recognizing a fascist threat to Western democracy. WWII was a good war. It had the ability to unite America. They united against Nazism and fascism. But even a good War has its bad times. If you look behind what you think happened at what really happened in WWII it becomes clear that the U.S. has nothing to be proud about. WWII evolved the entire globe, putting the world's largest economic and military powers against each other: the AXIS powers Germany, Japan and Italy against the ALLIED powers Russia, Britain and the U.S. There were some 27,372,900 civilians and 20,858,800 military personnel killed in the…show more content…
In August 1942, a prominent German industrialist contacted the president of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva Dr. Gerhart Reigner, and warned of Hitler's plans for the "final solution." Reigner then cabled the plans to the U.S. where the State Department disregarded the cable; and even as more information came in, the U.S. delayed any response. To save Jews or stop the Holocaust. http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/israel/untermeyer.htm One of the most well known attacks on the Jews was known as Night of Broken Glass. On the November 9, 1938, violence against Jews broke out across Germany. The Germanys tried to make it appeared like the violence was an unplanned attack, set off by the assassination of a German official in Paris at the hands of a Jewish teenager. In two days, over 1,000 synagogues were burned, 7,000 Jewish businesses were trashed and looted, dozens of Jewish people were killed, and Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes were looted while police and fire brigades stood by. http://www.ushmm.org/outreach/kristall.htm President Roosevelt, and Secretary of State Cordell Hull blocked several attempt to let Jewish refugees, to inter the U.S. They appointed Breckinridge Long, as the U.S. State Department official in charge of matters concerning European refugees. Breckinridge Long was an extremely nerves person with a particular suspicion of Eastern Europeans. He suspected Jewish immigrants of being either communists or German
Why World War II Broke out in 1939 Essay
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Hitler was never secretive about his plans for Germany. His aims were explained in detail in his book Mein Kampf, of what he would do to make Germany a great nation again. His main aims were to:
Abolish the Treaty of Versailles
Like many Germans, Hitler believed that the Treaty of Versailles was unjust. He hated the Treaty and the German politicians were in his view, “November Criminals”. The worst aspect of the Treaty was that it was a reminder to the Germans of their defeat in the First World War and their humiliation by the Allies. His promise to the German people was that if he was the leader of Germany he would reverse this. By the time Hitler came to power, some of these terms had already been changed. The…show more content…
By doing this, he solved one of Germany’s biggest problems and also delivered his promise of making Germany great again and breaking the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
Hitler was aware that rearmament was popular with the German public, however he also knew that it would cause alarm in other countries. Therefore, he started the process in secret. To reinforce this, he made a great public display of his desire not to rearm Germany – claiming that he was only doing it because other countries refused to disarm. Hitler also left the League of Nations after Japan.
In 1935 Hitler staged a massive rally in order to show the world the German armed forces. In 1936 he also introduced conscription to the army. Although this was a risky move, Hitler guessed right, in thinking that he could get away with rearmament. Many other countries were also using rearmament as a method of reducing the unemployment rate. The collapse of the League of Nations Disarmament Conference in 1934 had shown that other countries were not prepared to disarm.
Rearmament was a popular move in Germany. It boosted Nazi support. Hitler also knew that Britain had some sympathy for Germany on this issue, as Britain believed that the limits put on Germany’s armed forces by the Treaty of Versailles were too strict. It was clear that the permitted forces were not enough to defend Germany from attack. Also, Britain thought that Germany would be a good buffer against Communism.