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Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of six million Jews by the Nazi
regime during World War 2. In 1933 approximately nine million Jews lived in the
21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945
two out of every three European Jews had been killed.
The European Jews were the primary victims of the Holocaust. But Jews were not
the only group singled out for persecution by Hitler’s Nazi regime. As many as
one-half million Gypsies, at least 250,000 mentally or physically disabled
persons, and more than three million Soviet prisoners-of-war also fell victim to
Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Social Democrats, Communists, partisans,
trade unionists, Polish intelligentsia and other undesirables were also
victims of the hate and aggression carried out by the Nazis.
During World War 2 Auschwitz-Birkenau
became the killing centre where the largest numbers of European Jews were
killed. After an experimental gassing there in September 1941 of 850
malnourished and ill prisoners, mass murder became a daily routine.
By mid 1942, mass gassing of Jews using Zyklon-B began at Auschwitz, where
extermination was conducted on an industrial scale with some estimates running
as high as three million persons eventually killed through gassing, starvation,
disease, shooting, and burning ...
out of 10 were Jews. In addition, Gypsies, Soviet POWs, and prisoners of all
nationalities died in the gas chambers. Between May 14 and July 8,1944, 437,402
Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz in 48 trains. This was probably the
largest single mass deportation during the Holocaust.
/Louis Bülow Privacy