Can somebody explain me th holocaust?
I want to know what the holocaust is about.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Holocaust is a pretty far reaching event.
When Nazi Germany rose, they followed a policy of eugenics - the creation of a "perfect" race. Their idea of the perfect race was a society of Blond haired, blue eyed German "Aryan" people. Shortly after Hitler took power forced sterilizations began to occur against disabled people. Eventually many were gassed in mobile killing vans, otherwise known as "Einsatzgruppen"... this would become something far worse in the near future.
Hitler also targeted Jewish people. He blamed them for Germany's loss of World War I, and saw them as the "inferior race" He incited riots against them, and many Jewish places of worship and residence were destroyed in what became known as "Kristalnacht"
Eventually things went from bad to worse. Jewish people began being put in labor camps, or organized into ghettos... small, closed off sections of cities meant only for Jewish people. It was more or less a prison. World War II began when Germany invaded Poland. As Germany marched east, the Einsatzgruppen began indiscriminantly killing Jewish people (even eastern europeans of non-jewish origins) along their way, at least those who were not rounded up and sent to the camps. Read a book called "Ordinary Men" to learn more about that.
Jewish people that were rounded up met a fate far worse than the Einsatzgruppen in most cases. They were sent to the camps, and worked to death, starved, or gassed. Some underwent hideous medical experiments at the hands of Joseph Mengele in Auschwitz, one of the more grusom of the camps.
Six million Jews died in the Holocaust. Six million OTHER people including Gays, Gypsies, Disabled people, communists, and many other "undesirable groups" were killed. A total of 12 million people were murdered at the hands of the Nazi regime... and that's only in the camps, discounting war fatalities... for example 20 million people died on the Soviet front.
Many say the Holocaust is unique. We still see unimaginable genocide in our world today, but nothing quite to the extent of the Holocaust. For the first and only time in history you had a modern industrialized first-world nation using technology, government resources, and science combined to systematically, mathematically, and brutally murder an entire race of people. It would be the equivilant of the United States doing such a thing today.
Others say the Holocaust is not unique. Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union durring World War II once said "If you kill one, it's a tragedy. If you kill 10 million, it's a statistic." A death at the hands of a brutal government is a horrible. This still happens today.
Even others say the Holocaust never happened. They think it's a Jewish conspiracy. Those people usually base these oppinions on racism, political beliefs, or ignorance... in my oppinion at least. Make up your own mind, but I will say you will have an extremely tough time finding any reputable historian that denies that the holocaust occurs.
Anyways it's a horrible thing. The links others have provided to your answer offer great insight into the essence of what the Holocaust was. For further information I suggest watching a few movies and reading a few books.Source(s): Watch these: The Pianist Schindlers List Escape from Sobibor Read These: Ordinary Men Diary of Anne Frank A book I can't remember, but the author is Olga Lengyel.. google that you'll find it.
- LeKat!Lv 66 years ago
The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews including 1.5 million Jewish children in Europe by the Nazi regime and its collaborators that took place between 1933-1945. Millions of others were caught up in the Nazi web of destruction as well. When Hitler became chancellor in 1933, the German government began passing laws removing the rights of the Jews as citizens. Ultimately, in German-occupied Europe, the Jews were forced by law to live in specific zones within the cities, called ghettos. From there, the Nazis deported many Jews to labor camps and death camps. In addition to the Jews, the Nazis targeted other minority groups including, political dissidents, the disabled and those with genetic diseases, the Roma or Gypsies, the Poles, Soviet POWs, male homosexuals and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In December of 1942, a single Nazi decree ordered Gypsies from all over Europe to be deported to the death camp in Auschwitz; 16,000 were immediately murdered. Such crimes as these finally stopped when American troops liberated the camps in 1945 and ended the Nazi regime. Many of the survivors were forced to go to Displaced Persons (DP) camps because their homes and families had been destroyed. Children were hidden in orphanages throughout Europe, while their surviving relatives struggled to find them. Although the world has attempted to prosecute many of the Nazi war criminals in trials such as the famous Nuremburg Trials, many escaped with light sentences, if any at all. Moreover, some of these Nazi officials are still in hiding today.
- Anonymous7 years ago
The Holocaust was an event that took place during WWII, between the years 1941-45'. Nazi Germany, under Hitler systematically amassed Jews in camps, mostly on Polish grounds, and murdered them.
I for one am not Jewish but my family (which is of Polish decent) actually witnessed these events on first hand in their village.
Some 6,000,000 Jews perished during the Holocaust, with some 1.5 million of them being children.
Hitler's goal was to eventually eliminate the Jews from the face of the earth. Since the Nazis knew there will be much resistance amidst people to exterminate the Jews, they kept their plan of killing the Jews secret.
The Holocaust's main ideation and fruition began at the Wanssee Conference, a villa in the outskirts of Berlin. The implementation of this idea, sadly enough, was held in a villa once owned by a Jew.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
People can't really tell you. You need to read it on your own. I've put a link and a short definition for you.
Great destruction resulting in the extensive loss of life.
Holocaust The genocide of European Jews and others by the Nazis during World War
A massive slaughter:Source(s): It's the best I can do on this form
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- peaches6Lv 71 decade ago
The Holocaust is the term generally used to describe the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, as part of a program of deliberate extermination planned and executed by the National Socialist regime in Germany led by Adolf Hitler.
- MayaLv 41 decade ago
The Holocaust (from the Greek ὁλόκαυστον (holókauston): holos, "completely" and kaustos, "burnt"), also known as Ha-Shoah (Hebrew: השואה), Churben (Yiddish: חורבן), is the term generally used to describe the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, as part of a program of deliberate extermination planned and executed by the National Socialist regime in Germany led by Adolf Hitler
The word "holocaust" has been used since the 18th century to refer to the violent deaths of a large number of people.For example, Winston Churchill and other contemporaneous writers used it before World War II to describe the Armenian Genocide of World War I.Since the 1950s its use has been increasingly restricted, and it is now mainly used to describe the Nazi Holocaust, spelled with a capital H.
"Holocaust" was adopted as a translation of "Shoah" — a Hebrew word connoting a "whirlwind of destruction— which was used in 1940 in Jerusalem in a booklet called Sho'at Yehudei Polin, and translated as The Holocaust of the Jews of Poland. "Shoah" had earlier been used in the context of the Nazis as a translation of "catastrophe"; for example, in 1934, Chaim Weizmann told the Zionist Action Committee that Hitler's rise to power was an "unvorhergesehene Katastropha, etwa ein neur Weltkrieg" ("an unforeseen catastrophe, perhaps even a new world war"); the Hebrew press translated "Katastropha" as "Shoah." In the spring of 1942, the Jerusalem historian BenZion Dinur (Dinaburg) used "Shoah" in a book published by the United Aid Committee for the Jews in Poland to describe the extermination of Europe's Jews, calling it a "catastrophe" that symbolized the unique situation of the Jewish people.The word "Shoah" was chosen in Israel to describe the Holocaust, the term institutionalized by the Knesset on April 12, 1951, when it established Yom Ha-Shoah Ve Mered Ha-Getaot, the national day of remembrance. By the 1950s, its translation, "Holocaust," popularized by Yad Vashem, had come routinely to refer to the genocide of the European Jews.
The usual German term for the extermination of the Jews during the Nazi period was the euphemistic phrase Endlösung der Judenfrage (the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question"). In both English and German, "Final Solution" is widely used as an alternative to "Holocaust".For a time after WWII, German historians also used the term Völkermord ("genocide"), or in full, der Völkermord an den Juden ("the genocide of the Jewish people"), while the prevalent term in Germany today is either Holocaust or increasingly Shoah.
The word "holocaust" is also used in a wider sense to describe other actions of the Nazi regime. These include the killing of around half a million Roma and Sinti, the deaths of several million Soviet prisoners of war, along with slave laborers, gay men, Jehovah's Witnesses, the disabled, and political opponents. The use of the word in this wider sense is objected to by many Jewish organizations, particularly those established to commemorate the Jewish Holocaust. Jewish organizations say that the word in its current sense was originally coined to describe the extermination of the Jews, and that the Jewish Holocaust was a crime on such a scale, and of such specificity, as the culmination of the long history of European antisemitism, that it should not be subsumed into a general category with the other crimes of the Nazis.
Even more hotly disputed is the extension of the word to describe events that have no connection with World War II. The terms "Rwandan Holocaust" and "Cambodian Holocaust" are used to refer to the Rwanda genocide of 1994 and the mass killings by the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia respectively, and "African Holocaust" is used to describe the slave trade and the colonization of Africa, also known as the Maafa.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes , it was a terrible time during WW2 when Jews , and others , were systematically murdered in concentration camps .
You may want to read a diary by Anne Frank which is very interesting , et.al.
I will give you several source-links below for your perusal .
Good luck to you !
:0)Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_holocaust http://education.yahoo.com/reference/encyclopedia/... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_frank http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diary_of_a_Young_... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_%28book%29
- Kevin7Lv 76 years ago
Six million Jews and Six million Gentiles were killed in the Holocaust by the Nazis.Some of the non-Jewish groups killed were the Romany (Gypsies),Blacks,Homosexuals,Disabled,Freemasons and other groups
- 1 decade ago
omg, u need to read a history book or something girl. It was a time when Hitler rose to power and slaughtered thousands of Jews, and other people who were not "right" (ex: homosexuals)
- 1 decade ago
read all about it, this is so sad!Source(s): here are some pics they can be kinda graphic! http://www.utexas.edu/features/2005/holocaust/grap... http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/im... http://shalomrav.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/holoc...