What was the Holocaust? When did it happen?

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  • Anna P
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    1 decade ago
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    Google Holocaust Museum (DC) and you will get tons of info. Nazi Germany led murder of 5.5 to 6 million Jews in the 1930s and 40s, and also about an equal number of other "undesirables" like gays, communists, the disabled, gypsies and those who helped Jews.

    Read Elie Wiesel's Night and Ann Frank's Diary for very personal accounts--everyone should read these.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Holocaust was the murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators

    The Holocaust took place from 1941-1945

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  • 1 decade ago

    Wow. Don't be offended, but I seriously hope you are just a kid. You need to know about this. The only way we can possibly apologize is to know about this terrible event and prevent it from happening again.

    The Holocaust was when a group called the Nazis persecuted Jews and other minority groups. Led by Adolf Hitler, Nazis rounded up thousands of jews and send them to concentration camps, stripping them of their homes, education, friends, and even families. Hitler's goal was genocide; to irradicate all Jews and other minority groups, basically anyone who didn't look or think like him. Some individuals would never see their family members alive again, while others would watch their own children/parents/friends deteriorate before their eyes. In the concentration camps, the jews were forced to work continuously. The choice was work or die. Sometimes they didn't even have a choice. The Nazis believed Jewish people to be of another species altogether. Dogs were treated better. They forced parents to choose one of their children to die, and shot the other just for "fun". Those in the concentration camps often died of malnutrition as well. They were fed very little, and sometimes had to walk for days. When America entered the war and came to release the persecuted people from the camps, they found the living dead. These people were so physically damaged: beaten, starved... Their ribs were visible and their waists so small that you'd believe them skeletons. Children were often used as "test subjects" in new experiments that often killed them or left them disfigured. Many jews were killed in furnaces, where they were litterally burned a live. Others were led into a room supposedly to take a shower, only to be gased. There was no safety; no way of bargaining with their fate.

    Furthermore, as you can imagine, the experiences they underwent and horrors they saw left most scarred for life, if they lived, that is. When Americans came to free the jews from the concentration camps, they weren't greeted with cheering. The jews underwent so much that they were litterally incapable of believing in their freedom. They were silent, they didn't speak or cry or even appear to feel. The ability to feel was destroyed for many of them. How does one cry when they've seen lines of hundreds of men, women and children silently waiting to be burnt in a furnace or burried alive? How could they possibly believe anything good could ever happen again?

    This occured between 1938 and 1945, when WWII ended. Part of the scary thing is how quickly something like this grew. How did so many people accept and even become a part of something so terrible?

    Some didn't. Some families and churches hid jews, but it was a big risk. If discovered, these people would be sent to concentration camps as well or shot on the spot. The Nazis didn't need any kind of warrant either; they could barge in and destroy homes.

    Fear hindered a lot of rebellion, but it doesn't explain why anyone would want to become a Nazi or truly support the Nazi party. Power, control, and a sense of "belonging" in the Nazi party allowed it to grow. If you are interested in how this occured, I'd suggest reading The Wave, a novel about a teacher's true experiment to see if he could get his students to support a group that believes itself "superior", like the nazis did.

    Please read up about the Holocaust. It is essential that we remember the terrible things that happened under Hitler's regime. A second Holocaust should never, ever happen. Be forewarned, however, that many websites/books on the subject will have gruesome pictures. Look in books first, especially if you are younger. The pictures are very upsetting, and there are probably less in books.

    You should read Night, by Elie Wiesel, as well. This is a true account of one man's experience in the concentration camps. His father died and he never saw his mom or sister again, I believe. If you search YouTube, you may find some interviews with him.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    get off the computer right now and go read a book

    honestly

    the holocaust was the genocide and brutal extermination of so many jews, crippels and gypsies during ww2 by the nazi party led by adolf hitler

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It was when Hitler got the Germans to round up and kill millions of jews.

    It was the early to mid 40s

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  • 1 decade ago

    Nov 4rth, 2008

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the killing of 10 mill jews from adolf hitler and the other nazis it happened in WWII

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