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Human rights issues during and after World War II:

When reading about the Holocaust, it is important to avoid simple answers to complex history. The Holocaust raises difficult questions about human behaviour. These questions have complicated answers. Be careful of over-simplifications. Be careful of your own prejudices and stereotypes. Learning about the Holocaust can help us to think about, and participate in creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. The Holocaust was not simply the logical and inevitable consequence of racism. Racism was combined with centuries-old anti-Semitism, the defeat of Germany in World War One, German humiliation and anger following the Treaty of Versailles, followed by economic crisis and then the Great Depression of 1929.

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 20-Mar-2015

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