Introductory facts about the Holocaust• The Holocaust refers to the period from January 30, 1933, when Hitler became chancellor of Germany, to May 8, 1945 when the war in Europe ended.• The Jews who died were not casualties of the War . They were the victims of Germanys genocide plan.• This was a plan Hitler called “the Final Solution’’.
FACT:6 million Jewish people died.3 million Russians died.2 million Polish Christians died.1.5 million Gypsies died.250,000 mentally/physicallydisabled people died.Plus thousands and thousands ofJehovahs Witness’, homosexualsand enemies of the Nazi party died.
FACT:Throughout the Holocaust 1.1 millionchildren were killed. That is the same as the number ofpeople as there are living inBirmingham.
FACT:90% of the Jewish population in Polandwere killed in the holocaust.2/3 of all Jews in Europe were killed. Mostwere killed in concentration (death)camps.
FACT:The slogan in Auschwitz was “Work willmake you free”.Ironically between 1-2.5 million peoplewere killed there.
FACT:The average weight of a woman inAuschwitz was 22-29 kilograms.That is the equivalent of a medium sizeddog.
FACT:1 day in the Auschwitz camp they killed24,000 people. That is the same number ofpeople in a football stadium.
FACT:People would sleep in bunk beds. Normallypeople would have to sleep 3 or more peopleto 1 bunk.
FACT:The punishment room would hold threepeople for four days. The room was only90cm x 90cm. That is the same size as ababies cot.