History 101 WWII Started Because Germany Wanted World Domination -BYLN-

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World War II was a conflict between the world's most powerful nations. Launched in 1939 when Germany's ruler Adolph Hitler invaded Poland, the war lasted until 1945 when Germany and Japan surrendered.

All wars involve horrifying atrocities, and this one was no different. During World War II, the Nazis, the ruling party of Germany, built death camps and murdered 6 million Jews, as well as people of Roma, Polish and Soviet heritage; homosexuals; and people of Christian and nonChristian faiths.

An estimated 50 million to 70 million soldiers were killed, and 35 million civilians died during the conflict.

"As long as there have been people on Earth, there have been wars," said Kenneth Hoffman, director of education, National World War II Museum in New Orleans. "The reasons why World War II was fought could fill a very big book.

"As you walk into the museum you see three flags from World War II the Japanese flag, the German flag with a swastika, and the U.S. flag. The U.S. flag is much smaller, indicating that Germany and Japan were ready for a world war, the U.S. was not," Hoffman said.

The exhibit includes a film, "The Road to War," which describes Germany's rise to power and Japan's assault on Pearl Harbor.

Soon after World War I ended in 1918, political and economic changes worldwide created an imbalance of power. The Germans suffered huge monetary and land losses at the end of World War I. …