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  1. Definition and origin of the term 'genocide'
  2. Stalin's 'Great Purge'
  3. Adolf Hitler
  4. Joseph Kony and the LRA

In August of 1939, Adolf Hitler addressed his commanders with the words, "Thus for the time being I have sent to the East only my 'Death's Head Units' with the orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the vital space that we need." It is precisely this idea, this manner of thinking that has waged such carnage and despair on mankind. The act of genocide, mass killing of a population, race or religious group, particularly in the 20th century, has been the cause of many grievances around the world.

[...] The guards in the camps would beat the prisoners daily. If the child was not strong enough to work, they would be taken to the medical lab where experiments would be done on the ?subjects.' These experiments were primarily carried out on dwarves, infants, and twins. Hitler made sure that German Nazis considered it their duty in life to overcome compassion and execute orders for the ?greater good.? However, it came to the point were there was not much to overcome, as it was seen that many Nazis, poisoned with racial and religious hatred committed these crimes on humanity with awful, sadistic pleasure. [...]

[...] Genocide is not just murder, it is the annihilation of an entire existence, and it something that we, as a people, will never condone. Bibliography "20th Century Genocide." Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. TheHistory Place Apr Day, Sean Sinclair. "Profile: Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony." BBC News 7 Oct Apr Johnson, Carter J. January 2006. ?Deliver Us from Kony.? Christianity Today. January 2006. Matovu, Jacob. Mass Media as Agencies of Socialization in Uganda. Journal of Black Studies, Vol No Culture, Communication, and Development in Africa. [...]

[...] Hitler's program did not come into full force at once. Rather, it was implemented in a series of steps. First, Germans were ordered to boycott Jewish businesses. Then Jews were forced to wear the Star of David on all of their clothes so that they could be identified immediately, even while walking down the street. Later on, when the Third Reich, Hitler's regime, conquered new territory, ghettos were built to house the victims. These conditions were often terrible, and many died immediately. [...]

[...] All social, political and regulatory power was centered on the state. More importantly, Stalin ordered the agricultural farmers to meet very unrealistic production quotas. About twenty-five million peasants were forced to collectivize their properties, and work on state controlled farms. Any opposition resistance was met with arrest, execution or deportation to work camps in Siberia. The ever demanding quotas set by the state had horrendous results on the masses. Stalin organized the food that was collected, and allocated it to either industrial or military needs. [...]

[...] Once Stalin came to power, he made it his mission to ensure that there were no threats to his control. Stalin's ?Great Purge? began politically, in an effort to eliminate opposition from the left and right wings of the Party, led by Leon Trotsky and Nikolai Bukharin, respectively. After the Civil War and the reconstruction of the Soviet economy in the late 1920s, the veteran Communists no longer saw a purpose for the wartime dictatorship. Stalin was seen as undemocratic. [...]

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