“… highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. They do not feel any enmity to me as an individual, nor I against them… Most of them, I have no doubt, are kind-hearted law-abiding men who would never dream of committing murder in private life.”
The Holocaust , also known as Ha-Shoah (Hebrew: השואה ), Khurbn (Yiddish: חורבן or Halokaust , האלאקאוסט ) or Porajmos (Romani, also Samudaripen ), is the name applied to the genocide of minority groups of Europe and North Africa during World War II by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.
One way is to present the Holocaust as something happened to the Jews; as an even in Jewish history. Nothing to do with your history, or your reality...
It makes holocaust comfortable uncharacteristic for you and differ from another words such as genocide. Common example is to present the holocaust as culmination of anti-Semitism. (Something which could happen only with Jews.)
Another way is pointing on opposite direction - is to present the Holocaust as product of modernity. The new and terrible technology, which has been developed by well dressed and completely in mind persons.
When viewed in this fashion, and accompanied with the proper citation of other historical horrors, it becomes all too convenient to see the Holocaust as ‘unique’ – but normal, after all.
Holocaust comes from Greek holokauston (“that which is completely burnt”), which was a translation of Hebrew ‘ōlâ (literally “that which goes up,” that is, in smoke). In the 20th century holocaust has taken on a variety of figurative meanings, summarizing the effects of war, rioting, storms, epidemic diseases, and even economic failures.
The term "genocide" was coined by Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), a Polish-Jewish legal scholar, in 1943, from the roots genos (Greek for family, tribe or race) and -cide (Latin - occidere or cideo - to massacre). The concept of the crime, which later evolved into the idea of genocide, was based mostly on the experience of Assyrians massacred in Iraq on 11 August 1933 and on the Armenian Genocide during World War I.
So what makes the holocaust much more disturbing is the awareness that if it could happen on such a massive scale elsewhere, then it can happen anywhere; it is all within the range of human possibility, and like it or not, concentration camps expands the universe of consciousness no less than landing on the moon!