What would be a good thesis statement for a Holocaust essay?What would be a good thesis statement about how inhumane the concentration camps were in the Holocaust? Thanks  

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droxonian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You need to consider the facts before you think about the thesis statement. By its very nature, a thesis statement must be developed to fit the evidence, rather than the other way around.

Obviously, the concentration camps during the Holocaust were inhumane; this is not a thesis statement, because it cannot be disputed. Therefore, you need to think about what in particular the evidence shows. What are the main points you want to cover? Do you want to discuss only the death of Jewish prisoners during WWII, or are you thinking more inclusively? You could also debate the definition of what is “inhumane” and what this means—think about the use of numbers instead of names in the camps, for instance.

Your thesis statement needs to have some individual quality to make it different from everyone else’s. What specific topics do you want to cover in your essay? Start with these, and then lay out what it is you feel they show.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much of this is going to be driven by what it is you are going to prove in the paper.  I think that this will be supported by what you have in your possession in terms of research materials and sources as well as what the task or assignment is.  If this is for a class, being able to understand the nature and dynamics of the assignment will assist you in carving out a thesis statement that is aligned with what is being asked of you.  I think that there are several paths that can be pursued, but I also feel that this is going to be contingent on what you have, what you need to do, and with what you feel comfortable writing.  Somewhere between the valences of all three lies your thesis statement, something that will be up to you to reclaim and identify.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A thesis should contain many elements. First of all, your thesis will tell the reader how you interpret concentration camps during the Holocaust. It will also let the reader know what to expect from the paper and may be something that others will disagree with. It will answer the question that you are asking, "Were concentration camps inhumane?" You will want to convince the reader to agree with what you have to say.

A good thesis should answer the following questions:

  • Do I answer the question?
  • Is it specific enough without wandering?
  • Will others challenge it?