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  • The Holocaust“Sacrifice by fire”
  • The Holocaust
    • Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrfice by fire”
    • Holocaust began in 1933 when Hitler came to power in Germany and ended in 1945 when the Nazis were defeated be the Allied Power
    • The Allied Powers were the US, British Empire, France, and Russia
  • Kristallnacht“Night of Broken Glass”
    • During the night of November 9-10, 1938, Nazis attacked Jews in Austria and Germany in what has been named “Kristallnacht”
    • This night of violence included the pillaging and burning of synagogues, breaking the windows of Jewish-owned business, the looting of these stores, and many Jews were physically attacked
    • Approximately thirty thousand Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
  • Ghettos
    • The Nazis began ordering Jews to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothing so that Jews could be easily recognized and targeted
    • Towards the beginning of World War II, Nazis began ordering all Jews to live within certain, very specific, areas of big cities, called ghettos.
    • Jews were forced out of their homes and moved into smaller apartments, often shared with other families.
  • Warsaw
    • A few of the major ghettos were located in the cities of Bialystok, Kovno, Lodz, Minsk, Rigam, Vilna, and Warsaw
    • Warsaw was the largest ghetto with a population of 445,000 by March 1941
    • In most of the ghettos, Nazis ordered the Jews to establish a Judernat (a Jewish council)
    • To administer Nazi demands and to regulate the internal life of the ghetto
  • Deportation
    • Nazis would then order deportations from the ghettos
    • A thousand people per day were loaded up in trains and sent to either a concentration camp or a death camp
    • To get them to cooperate, the Nazis told the Jews they were being transported to another place for labor
  • Extermination Camp
    • Nazi Germany established about 20,000 camps to imprison its millions of victims
    • The extermination camps were designed for efficient mass murder
    • The first extermination camp, opened in December 1941.
    • Jews and Roma were gassed in mobile gas vans there
    • The Nazis constructed gas chambers to increase killing efficiency and to make the process more impersonal for the perpetrators
  • Extermenation Camp
    • The Birkenau extermination camp had four gas chambers
    • During the height of deportations to the camp, up to 6,000 Jews were gassed there each day
    • Millions of people were imprisoned and abused in the various types of Nazi camps
    • Under SS management, the Germans and their collaborators murdered more than three million Jews in the extermination camps alone.
    • Only a small fraction of those imprisoned in Nazi camps survived.
  • Finally over
    • The Allied Powers forced the Nazis to surrender on May 8, 1945
    • In the after math of the Holocaust, many of the survivors found shelter in displaced persons (DP) camps
    • The last DP camp closed in 1957. Between 1948 and 1951, almost 700,000 Jews emigrated to the United States and other nations.
  • After
    • When the Jews went back to their homes, they were found taken by other people or damaged by the Nazis.
    • It is estimated that eleven million people were killed during the Holocaust; six million of these were Jews
    • The Nazis killed approximately two-thirds of all Jews living in Europe
    • An estimated 1.1 million children were murdered in the Holocaust
  • Works Cited
    Works Cited
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