What was the holocaust?

I'm kinda confused with this, was the holocaust like an event like Kristallnacht or was it like an overall concept of what happened. Like is it a term used to describe the killing of over 6 million Jews during the time of Hitler, or was it like 1 event.

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    The Holocaust (from the Greek ὁλόκαυστον (holókauston): holos, "whole" and kaustos, "burnt"), also known as Shoah (Hebrew: השואה, Latinized ha'shoah; Yiddish: חורבן, Latinized churben or hurban 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 and systematic state-sponsored extermination planned and executed by Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler Some scholars maintain that the definition of the Holocaust should also include the Nazis' systematic murder of millions of people in other groups, including ethnic Poles, the Romani, Soviet civilians, Soviet prisoners of war, people with disabilities, gay men, and political and religious opponents, which would bring the total number of Holocaust victims to between 11 million and 17 million people.

    The persecution and genocide were carried out in stages. Legislation to remove the Jews from civil society was enacted years before the outbreak of World War II. Concentration camps were established in which inmates were used as slave labor until they died of exhaustion or disease. Where the Third Reich conquered new territory in eastern Europe, specialized units called Einsatzgruppen murdered Jews and political opponents in mass shootings. Jews and Romani were crammed into ghettos before being transported by freight train to extermination camps where, if they survived the journey, the majority of them were killed in gas chambers. Every arm of Nazi Germany's bureaucracy was involved in the logistics of the mass murder, turning the country into what one Holocaust scholar has called "a genocidal state".

  • 1 decade ago

    Kristalnaught (which in english translates into Night Of The Broken Glass. ) was when nazi's broke the windows and set fire to any place they thought could be a place for jewish germans to meet up e.g. Their synagogues.

    The Holocaust was an overall concept of what happened. Kristalnaught is an event that happened because of the Holocaust.

    And this all happened because of Hitler.

    Source(s): Wiki Answers & My brain
  • 1 decade ago

    the holocaust is a term to describe the millions of jews who died. You may hear of Aushwitz or other concentration camps, and those were just places where they burned, suffocated, and killed the jews. But all of these killings is summed up and called the holocaust.

  • 1 decade ago

    pretty much the overall concept of hitler keeping captive of all the jews and millions of other people as well like russians, gypsies, mentally ill, etc.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is an overall concept and not just on event.

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