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Holocaust Facts - 33 Things You Should Know

Holocaust Facts - 33 Things You Should Know
Below you will find a list of 33 important Holocaust facts. What Does Holocaust Mean? The Holocaust began in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany and ended in 1945 when the Nazis were defeated by the Allied powers. The term "Holocaust," originally from the Greek word "holokauston" which means "sacrifice by fire," refers to the Nazi's persecution and planned slaughter of the Jewish people. The Hebrew word "Shoah," which means "devastation, ruin, or waste," is also used for this genocide. In addition to Jews, the Nazis targeted Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the disabled for persecution.

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What is Antisemitism - Key Stage 3 - The Holocaust Explained What is prejudice? The word prejudice means to pre-judge, to make up your mind about someone before you know anything about them. When you first meet someone, what is the first thing you notice? Their hair, the colour of their skin, their clothes and the way they speak? We often make instant judgments about each other, which later prove to be untrue. The Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Concentration camps and extermination camps belonged to two widely different camp systems: Extermination camps were only constructed with one purpose: to mass murder Jews and other “unwanted”. Concentration camps, on the other hand, had a number of purposes, among these to work as reformatory facilities, “punishment camps”, POW camps, transit camps, etc. But the concentration camps did not work directly as extermination sites! Unlike the concentration camps, six extermination camps were established between 1941 and 1943 with only one purpose: to exterminate the Jews.

European history Holocaust, Hebrew Shoʾah, Yiddish and Hebrew Ḥurban (“Destruction”), “Smoke”© Pucker Gallerythe systematic state-sponsored killing of six million Jewish men, women, and children and millions of others by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II. The Germans called this “the final solution to the Jewish question.” The word Holocaust is derived from the Greek holokauston, a translation of the Hebrew word ʿolah, meaning a burnt sacrifice offered whole to God. This word was chosen because in the ultimate manifestation of the Nazi killing program—the extermination camps—the bodies of the victims were consumed whole in crematoria and open fires.

Concentration camps - Key Stage 3 - The Holocaust Explained A concentration camp is a place where people are detained or confined without trial. Prisoners were kept in extremely harsh conditions and without any rights. In Nazi Germany after 1933, and across Nazi controlled Europe between 1938 and 1945, concentration camps became a major way in which the Nazis imposed their control. The first concentration camps in Germany were set up as detention centres to stop any opposition to the Nazis by so called ‘enemies of the state’. These people included communists, socialists and social democrats, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, Roma, and so called ‘asocials’. However, after March 1938, when the Germans annexed Austria into German territory, many thousands of German Jews were arrested and detained in Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen concentration camps.

USHMM Collections Search Searching Entering terms in the main search box will return results where those terms occur anywhere in the record. You may target your search to certain fields by changing the dropdown selection to the right of the 'Search' box from "All Fields." The Holocaust - World War II Beginning in late 1941, the Germans began mass transports from the ghettoes in Poland to the concentration camps, starting with those people viewed as the least useful: the sick, old and weak and the very young. The first mass gassings began at the camp of Belzec, near Lublin, on March 17, 1942. Five more mass killing centers were built at camps in occupied Poland, including Chelmno, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek and the largest of all, Auschwitz-Birkenau. From 1942 to 1945, Jews were deported to the camps from all over Europe, including German-controlled territory as well as those countries allied with Germany.

Auschwitz Concentration Camp What Was Auschwitz? Built by the Nazis as both a concentration and death camp , Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi's camps and the most streamlined mass killing center ever created. It was at Auschwitz that 1.1 million people were murdered, mostly Jews. Auschwitz has become a symbol of death, the Holocaust , and the destruction of European Jewry. Dates: May 1940 -- January 27, 1945 Last gay Jewish Holocaust survivor dies - Jewish World BERLIN – Gad Beck, an anti-Nazi Zionist resistance fighter and the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died on Sunday in Berlin. He passed away in a senior citizens' home six days before his 89th birthday, which would have been on June 30. Beck was a pioneering gay activist and educator in a severely anti-homosexual, repressive post-World War II German society. He was famous for his witty, lively style of speaking.

Holocaust Books for Teens SummaryHelen and Alfons were born just miles from each other, but while Helen went to Auschwitz, Alfons became a member of the Hitler Youth. SummaryThis book contains sixteen individual stories from survivors who were in their teens during the Holocaust. First published in 1949 and now brought up-to-date, this book offers a dramatic and historical documentation of personal survival under the terror and persecution of the Third Reich.

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State . Auschwitz 1940-1945 . The Killing Evolution Funeral of inmates who died or were killed just prior to liberation The Nazis did not start World War II with a plan to eliminate the Jews. This solution evolved—especially from 1939 to 1941—as they tried different techniques to accomplish their goals. Particularly in Germany and Poland camp commandants experimented with various killing methodologies and consulted with one another on their successes and failures. The ability of a single camp to kill 2,000-3,000 people per hour took years to achieve. At first, though, murder was done at close range-man-to-man, woman, or child.

Action T4 Reich Leader Bouhler and Dr. med. Brandt are charged with the responsibility of enlarging the competence of certain physicians, designated by name, so that patients who, on the basis of human judgment [menschlichem Ermessen], are considered incurable, can be granted mercy death [Gnadentod] after a discerning diagnosis. — Adolf Hitler [5][6] Various other rationales for the programme have been offered, including eugenics, natural selection, racial hygiene, cost effectiveness and welfare budget.[7][8] Language[edit] Euthanasia (from Greek: εὐθανασία; "good death": εὖ, eu; "well" or "good" – θάνατος, thanatos; "death") refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.[16] Hitler's directive to create the programme used the German term "Gnadentod" which translates to merciful death.[5][6] Background[edit]

Moments in History: Why did the Holocaust happen? by Sean Sheehan - 9780750283991 - QBD The Bookshop Learn about the Holocaust, a genocide of devastating proportions, perpetrated by the German government during World War II. During this time, millions of Jews were imprisoned or killed along with travellers, the disabled, Communists, Socialists and others. This book examines the Holocaust using well-balanced information supplemented by primary sources from the time period, sidebars and timelines.

Anne Frank: Facts and Information Here are some facts about Anne Frank, the famous young Jewish diarist who was tragically killed during the Holocaust. Anne was born on 12th June 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany.Her father was called Otto and her mother was called Edith. She had an older sister called Margot.Anne’s family were ‘liberal Jews’. They didn’t live in a Jewish-only community and they didn’t strictly follow all of the Jewish customs.Following the elections in Germany of 1933, which were won by the Nazi Party (led by Adolf Hitler), the Franks moved to Amsterdam in order to escape the antisemitic (anti-Jewish) feelings that were being promoted by the Nazis.In Amsterdam, Anne started to develop a love of reading and writing.In May 1940, the Netherlands was invaded by Germany. Laws were made to discriminate against the Jewish population.

Remembering the Holocaust How did the Holocaust happen? Estimates are that 50-70 million souls died in World War II. Who suffered most? World War II was the deadliest conflict in military history. Over 2.5% of the world’s population perishing throughout the war, but the impact these lost lives played on individual nations and the world stage was much greater.