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The 20th century has been a period that has seen things such as great political and social change great advancements and great catastrophe as well From the Wright Brothers first flight in 1903 through the beginnings of the nuclear age in the 1940s to Iraqs invasion of Kuwait in 1990 the century has been full of major and influential occurrences that have strongly affected our global society as a whole The century has seen dreadful things such genocide two full-scale global wars and a series of smaller wars to go along with great changes in governments ideals and society as well as great industrial and societal advancementsUnfortunately the theme of Genocide has been an all to frequent occurrence throughout the 20th century From some of the most talked about genocide such as the Holocaust of the Jews 1933-1945 and the Cambodian Genocide 1975-1979 to some of the lesser-talked about genocide this has been an underlying theme of evil throughout the century The Holocaust is arguably the most talked about genocide in history The Holocaust being the methodic extermination of five to six million Jews by means of forced labor shootings and gassings This was undoubtedly a catastrophe on an enormous scale Hitler Germanys leader at the time used the Jews as scapegoats for many of Germanys problems claiming they were corrupt and predatory materialists devoid of patriotism and feelings for othersTotten 139 The Jews were deprived of their civil rights and forced into extermination camps were they were more than likely headed for death Bruno Bettelheim a rare survivor of the Holocaust describes his experiences in the concentration camps of Dachau and BuchenwaldPhysical punishment consisted of whipping frequent kicking slaps in the face shooting or wounding with the bayonet These alternated with attempts to produce extreme exhaustion For instance prisoners were forced to stare for hours into glaring lights to kneel for hours and so on From time to time a prisoner got killedThis shows
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