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Have you ever considered the Holocaust a Witch Hunt? Hitler attacked
Jews as a form of dictatorship, just like many people in higher social
standings killed “Witches” many years ago. Fidel Castro said, “There is
nothing that compares to the holocaust”. But how do people view witch
trials? Factual evidence and events can show how the Witch Hunt and the
Holocaust are alike. A modern day Witch Hunt can relate to the holocaust
because of the amounts of people killed for invalid reasons.

     Adolf Hitler is known as one of the most powerful and harmful
dictators in the world. In the 20th century he singled out the Jewish
race and tried scare them into thinking what he thought was right. If
they did not agree with him or change their thinking, then he would send
them to concentration camps, make them work hard, and then if they
didn’t already die he would kill them. Sometimes he would perform mass
killings by putting his prisoners in gas chambers and killing them,
which is a form of torture. “Bread, soup – these were my whole life, and
nothing else”, (Wiesel, 49). “I was a body. Perhaps less than that
even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of
time” (Wiesel, 50). This shows how much Hitler degraded people. He also
dangled things in his prisoners’ faces to tease them when they could not
have something. “In A huge, empty room: we are tired, standing on our
feet, with a tap which drips while we cannot drink the water, and we
wait for something which will certainly be terrible, and nothing happens
and nothing continues to happen” (Levi, 22). By the end of World War
II, around 6 million Jews died. Things were alike with the Witch Hunt,
which was a search for people that were called “witches” or did things
involving witchcraft. When a witch was found, they were tortured just
like the Jews. Some witches were stoned, hung, and most were burned at
the stake. In both situations mostly innocent people were killed for no
reason.

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    Instinctual prejudice is basically encouraging to condemn people
that are different from the majority. Both the Holocaust and the Witch
Trials punished people they thought were different and came from the
devil. In both groups of people, the hatred towards the specific groups
of people was not a new thing. In time, Jew hatred spread throughout the
world and witches were a mania starting in England. People across the
world always hated Jews because they weren’t “normal” like Christians.
Hitler knew he could of make them his own with his crazy ideas and take
their lives because they were different. In the Salem Witch Trials, the
women who were blamed for witchcraft were the people who were different
in society. So just like the Jews, the so-called “witches” lives were
taken also.
        To estrange members in society means to push people out of their
own society. During the Salem Witch Trials, the people in society
pushed witches out and even people who they felt could be future
“witches” by killing them. “So many improbable people had been named
witches that even the public grew skeptical of each other,” (Foulds, 7).
In the Holocaust the Jews were pushed out of their society because they
looked suspicious to the other human race. Jews were always hated
inside society, but once Hitler came up with his “perfect race” idea,
the Jews were actually being killed. At first the Jews were just
banished from society by the Nazi’s, and likewise with the witches who
were being rejected by society. Hitler even thought that Jews were an
alien race that could be a threat to the rest of the German race, which
explains why he wanted to get rid of them, so they wouldn’t have any way
of “hurting” anyone. The more he told people this, the more people
believed him. A lot of situations in the Salem Witch Trials ended up
with woman begging for their lives to their neighbors, which made people
dislike them because of their desperate desire to live. Even if there
was no actual proof that someone was a witch, they would be convicted
anyway. “Much of the testimonies made (about witches) were based only on
spectral evidence and impassioned claims that witches were sending out
wicked spirits to wreck on mischief” (Foulds, 7).

     Overall, both the Holocaust and the Salem Witch Trials were
horrible events that took place in our world’s history. They can relate
by of the amount of people executed for unjust reason, the instinct of
prejudice, and the estrangement of innocent people. As much as history
tends to repeat itself, no event could top the loss of these situations.
Both Hitler and Witch killers killed and tortured innocent people that
were different from the majority. Jews and “Witches” were pushed out of
their own society for “looking suspicious” and being a possible danger
to the public. Through obvious reasons, we can really see how Witch
Trials and the Holocaust can be compared.

                                                             Works Cited:

Wiesel, Elie. Night, Elie Wiesel. Spark Publishing, 2014.

Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz: the Nazi assault on humanity. Important Books, 2013.

Foulds, Diane. Death in Salem. Minotaur, 2015

“Elie Wiesel – Nobel Lecture.” Nobelprize.org,

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