Genocide in History Timeline

Holocaust and genocides are among the worst occurrences that might occur in a country due to civil war or political war. Some countries have experienced genocides and holocausts in the past, and they have learned from history to embrace peace. The occurrences in the genocides and holocaust have many people killed. What led to the development of genocide? With the rising tension in political temperatures, many citizens get tensed and may end up defending their tribal leaders. Some of the genocides and holocaust are either due to racism or tribalism. Other worst cases occurred due to world war because of the scramble for resources in various countries, such as the scramble for resources in Africa. 

Violence occurs because of ethical, political, and legal vocabulary that leads to the spread of threats of violence against certain groups, the idea was genocide coined. Such memories hurt the people who were either affected directly or indirectly by the holocaust or the genocide. Some history has been preserved though some people have attempted to twist the genocide or holocaust history. When history is twisted, the future generation shall get the wrong details concerning what happened during such wars and blame the wrong people for specific unclear historical facts. History concerning genocides and the holocaust needs to be updated to ensure that the millennials get the history right. 

1900: Raphael Lemkin

In 1990, Raphael Lemkin, who later coined the word genocide, was born by Polish Jew parents. He insisted on forming legal protection groups because he considered an Ottoman attack on the pogroms, anti-Semitic and Armenians. Scholars attribute genocide to have risen from the Ottoman attack to the three groups.

The rise of Adolf Hitler in 1933

The Nazi party acquired full powers to rule Germany when Adolf Hitler was appointed as the Chancellor on the 30th of January 1933. Disarmament talks were made in Geneva in October the same year, but German officials walked out of the meeting, and the Nazi withdrew its membership from the League of Nations. An international legal conference was held in Madrid in October whereby Raphael Lemkin proposed protecting groups, but the members never supported his proposal. 

1941: A crime that had no name occurred 

Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union, and the event became the origins of Nazi genocide. The German forces moved further to the east, and the military personnel, SS, and the police massively shot and killed any perceived enemy, including many Jewish women, men, and children. The British then realized the attack through radio communications and moved Winston Churchill, the then Prime Minister, to the United States in August. 

1944: The name genocide is coined 

The Nazi leadership was aiming at restructuring the ethnic composition of Europe. They wanted to reduce the population of England using force forcefully, and they, therefore, made many population policies. One of the German soldiers’ actions was the mass murder of European Jews, the holocaust. They also wanted to murder the European Roma population and liquidate the Poland leadership and the Soviet Union. The other policy to reduce population was the various resettlement policies of small-scale landowners through forceful eviction, murder, and use of brutal force. The process is now referred to as ethnic murder. Raphael Lemkin coined the word genocide in 1994 when referring to the attack made by the Nazi Germans. 

1945- 1946: The International Military Tribute was formed 

The International Military Tribute tried Nazi German leaders between 1945 and 1946 of the crimes they had committed to the innocent population. The offenses involved; war crimes and crimes against humanity.  

1950- 1987: The occurrence of the cold war

Massive crimes occurred due to the tension of World War II. 


Holocaust and genocide are a crime and should be condemned.

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