The Holocaust is something that everyone knows as one of the worst events in modern history. There is so much to learn about this event, but having the facts can make it easier to digest the information that is out there. Here are some Holocaust facts that you can use to educate yourself or share with others.
The Nazi Holocaust was such a major event in history that the world 'holocaust', which means catastrophe or destruction in Yiddish and Hebrew, often only refers to this particular event. Rarely is the word used for other events or situations that could be applicable because it has such a strong tie to the genocide of more than 11 million people during Hitler's rule of Germany and World War II.
The Holocaust was one of the largest cases of genocide in modern history, and while the term 'holocaust' has a general meaning from Greek origin that means 'sacrifice by fire', when people use this term they are generally referring to the Jewish Holocaust that took place during the years 1933-1945 when Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany.
What Happened in the Holocaust
There were many different victims of the Holocaust. While the most memorable group is the Jewish community living in Europe, others were involved in the largest case of genocide in modern history. These included gypsies, homosexuals, children, the disabled, the elderly, communists, socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses and other religious groups, and Slavic people.
The victims of the Holocaust
The German Holocaust is often what people think of when they hear the term 'holocaust', because it is the most memorable and notable event that used the term. The Holocaust involved the systematic killing of more than 11 million people, including over 6 million Jews and 1.5 million children.
The German Holocaust