What did the Nazi party believe? 1 Lebensraum the need for 'living space' for the German nation to expand. Result of this belief



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Chapter 12

Nazi Concentration Camps vs. American Internment Camps
What did the Nazi party believe?

1) Lebensraum - the need for 'living space' for the German nation to expand.

Result of this belief: Germany began expanding into and attacking neighboring countries.
2) A strong Germany - the Treaty of Versailles should be abolished and all German-speaking people united in one country.

Result of this belief: Germany began expanding into and attacking neighboring countries.
3) Führer - the idea that there should be a single leader with complete power rather than a democracy.

Result of this belief: When Adolf Hitler became leader of Germany, he had complete power over the country.

4) Social Darwinism - the idea that the Aryan race was superior and Jews were subhuman'.

Result of this belief: The Nazi’s wanted to get rid of all non-Aryans and began using concentration camps.

5) Germany was in danger - from Communists and Jews, who had to be destroyed.

Result of this belief: The Nazi’s wanted to get rid of all non-Aryans and began using concentration camps.

Concentration Camps

What were concentration camps used for? What was the purpose of them?

Concentration Camps were used to house and imprison all the people the Nazi’s didn’t like, like Jews. Many people that were locked up in these camps were killed.

What was life like for people living in concentration camps?

Life was terrible. They were not given enough food to survive, were very sick and didn’t get medical care, were forced to do work that was difficult and some were even tortured.

What did people imprisoned in these camps do?

They didn’t do anything to deserve being in the camps.

Japanese Internment

What is internment?

Internment is forcing a group of people into a certain area and locking them up. Preventing them from leaving.

Why did the Japanese internment take place? Why did the government feel the need to make it happen?

After Pearl Harbor happened, many Americans grew to hate the Japanese. Many believed that the Japanese in America were a danger to our society and would end up helping our enemy during war. The decision was made to lock them all up so they wouldn’t have the opportunity to spy on our country or help the Japanese in the war.

Why was internment so terrible? Give a couple reasons.

The camps were terrible because many of the people that were locked up were American citizens. They had Japanese backgrounds but they were American people. Our country locked up its own citizens who had done nothing wrong.

What was life like at internment camps?

Life wasn’t as bad as concentration camps but life also wasn’t good. The people in the camps were forced to live in a new place often times in places like deserts were it was very difficult to live comfortably. The camps were overcrowded and they were forced to work.

How did the United States apologize to Japanese Americans for what happened during World War 2?



Eventually the American government gave money to all who had lived in these camps as a way of apologizing.


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