How Did the Holocaust Affect the World?


The Holocaust had many effects on the world, including millions of displaced Jews, financial problems in Germany, the destruction of a social class, struggling cities and worldwide outrage. The effects of the Holocaust can still be seen in the world today.

One of the immediate effects of the Holocaust was the displacement of between 7 million and 9 million Jews. This vast number of refugees had worldwide implications as countries struggled to take in the multitudes of homeless.

Not only were millions of Jews displaced, but upward of 1 million Jews were killed, creating a gaping chasm in the social structure. Almost an entire social class was destroyed because the Jews occupied the educated and productive levels of society. As a result, those cities that had large Jewish populations have suffered poor economic growth ever since, especially in Russia. Jews made up a large part of the Russian middle class because they filled the majority of white-collar jobs. Once they were eliminated, there was no one to do skilled work, including in areas such as healthcare and the trades.

Germany had to give the families and victims restitution, a financial responsibility that it could ill afford given the devastation of its economy in the aftermath of World War II.