The Wave of the Future
title: Fascism and Its Impacts description: An overview of fascism, its origins, and its historical impacts, with a focus on World War II and the Holocaust. keywords: fascism, Holocaust, Nazi Germany, WWII, political ideology
Fascism: A Brief Overview#
Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe1. Originating in Italy during World War I, it spread across the continent, most notably leading to the rise of Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler.
The atrocities committed under fascist regimes, particularly during World War II, have left indelible scars on human history. The Holocaust, orchestrated by Nazi Germany, led to the systematic extermination of six million Jews, along with millions of other targeted groups such as Romani people, Poles, communists, and many others.
While many nations were involved in World War II with their own interests and agendas, the extent of the atrocities committed in concentration and extermination camps came to full light only after the war ended. It's essential to understand the historical context and the geopolitical situation of that time to gauge the responses and policies of countries like the USA and the UK.
The Holocaust: A Glimpse into the Horror#
The Holocaust, one of the darkest chapters in human history, was a result of the racial purity ideology propagated by the Nazis. The video below provides insights into the scale and nature of these atrocities.
Fascism is characterised by dictatorial power, extreme nationalism, and often racism. It opposes liberal democracy, socialism, and communism, making it a significant political force during the early and mid-20th century. ↩