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Facts about Holocaust

The holocaust is considered one of the most significant tragedies of the modern era. Here are facts about the holocaust.

Facts about Holocaust

Anti-Semitism has long existed in the world. The holocaust represented a particularly violent version of anti-Semitism and coincided with the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party to power in 1933 in Germany.

Once Hitler came to power, the terrorizing of the Jews became a rallying point. Property rights and civil rights were the first to be taken away. Things progressively became worse with the eventual development of concentration camps. Here’s a run down of facts about the Holocaust:

  • Called “the final solution of the Jewish Question” by Hitler.
  • Desire to terminate inferior races grew out of book entitled “The Permission to Destroy Life Unworthy of Life” written by Alfred Ploetz and published in 1904. Ploetz argued that certain classes of humans were unworthy and should be terminated. Classes included homosexuals, mentally retarded and those who are “below the beasts.” Nazis later classified Jews as “sub-human”.
  • The Nazi goal was to exterminate 64 percent of all Jews in Europe.
  • In 1933, Jews were barred from working for the German government.
  • In 1935, Jews were stripped of citizenship, the right to marry non-Jews and all civil rights afforded to non-Jew Germans.
  • In 1936, Jews were banned from taking professional employment positions.
  • In 1938, Jewish children were banned from public schools attended by non-Jews.
  • Extermination camps were primarily located in Poland at Auschwitz, Belzec, Chelmno, Majdanek and Stutthof.
  • One extermination camp was in the Ukraine in Lwow.
  • Belarus had one concentration camp in Maly Trostenets.
  • There were dozens of other labor camps where thousands died from malnutrition and illness.
  • 6 millions Jews are estimated to have been killed by the end of the war.
  • Few Jews committed suicide as doing so was against their religious beliefs.
  • In addition to Jews, tens or hundreds of thousands of Russians, Poles, Slavs and prisoners of war were also exterminated.
  • Between 200,000 and 800,000 gypsies were killed.
  • The term "holocaust" means a burnt sacrificial offering.
  • The Allied countries failed to make any rescue attempts or disable the extermination camps.
  • Most of the Allied countries expressly barred any attempts by non-government groups to act against the final solution.
  • The leader of the Polish government in exile, Szmul Zygielbojm, committed suicide in 1943 in London to protest the inaction of the Allies.
  • The Roman Catholic Church did not protest the German actions.
  • In 1953, West Germany passed the Federal Compensation Law to provide compensation to survivors.
  • In 1998, Swiss Banks established a 1.25 billion dollar fund to compensate holocaust survivors.
  • In 1998, the Roman Catholic Church acknowledged it should have acted against Germany.

    Anyway you cut it, facts about the holocaust are so startling as to almost be beyond imagination. Hitler’s final solution failed, but not without causing untold death, misery and suffering.

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