"Crossing the Rubicon" is a commonly used phrase, believed to have originated from Julius Caesar, meaning to go past a point of no return by doing an action so powerful that it is irreversible. Other historical figures have also "crossed the Rubicon", by engaging in particular events that changed history and the world as we know it. One of these historical figures was Adolf Hitler, who was responsible for killing millions of Jews in the Holocaust, was a huge factor in the cause of World War 2 and changed the way we look at people and history in today's society. .
In 1938, the beginning of the Holocaust officially started. Adolf Hitler, the German leader, hated and despised Jews. He believed that they were thieves, worthless, and considered them inhuman. In result, millions of Jews were killed between 1938-1944. People of Jewish descent were sent to concentration camps where they were brutally murdered just for being Jewish. Millions of Jews were killed in this time. The short term effects of this was that the Germans felt that they were doing society a favor by eliminating all of the Jews. They saw a long term effect where there were not any Jews in most of Europe. Eventually, they had hoped to eliminate all people of Jewish descent. However, the long term effects had a greater impact. The long term effects were that Jews would be looked down on for the Holocaust, even though they did not do anything wrong to cause it. The long term effects were that millions of innocent people lost their lives because of one insane man. Hitler "crossed the Rubicon" because once he killed those innocent people, there was no way he could take it back. It was irreversible. He had done something so horrifyingly powerful that could never be taken back, therefore "crossing the Rubicon.".
While the Holocaust was happening, World War 2 was raging on. The U.S. believed that everyone had human rights and the Jews' were being violated.