 The Holocaust is the term referred to of the mass genocide of the Jews committed by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, he was Germany’s leader.

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  • The Holocaust is the term referred to of the mass genocide of the Jews committed by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, he was Germanys leader
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  • from 1933 to 1945. It is the killing of approx. six million Europeans, mostly Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.
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  • The term "Holocaust," originally from the Greek word "holokauston" which means "sacrifice by fire," refers to the Nazi's persecution and planned slaughter of the
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  • Jewish people. The Nazis believed that the Germans were racially superior and that the Jews, inferior were an alien-threat to the
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  • so-called German racial community. During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived "racial inferiority":
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  • Roma(Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds,
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  • among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovahs Witnesses, and homosexuals. Hitler believed that all these people stood in the way of his vision of a new
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  • German empire that would contain only pure-blooded peoples.
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  • The Holocaust began in 1933 when Hitler came to power in Germany Hitlers Nazi Party came to power soon after Germanys defeat in
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  • World War I. With total power available to him, he quickly developed a sophisticated police and military force and used them to squelch anyone
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  • who criticized his authority. From this authority stemmed the first concentration camp, Dachau, just outside of Munich which started as a
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  • political prison camp but evolved over time into a full scale Nazi concentration camp to exterminate Jews and others. Because Hitler believed that all these people stood in the way
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  • of his vision of a new German empire that would contain only pure-blooded peoples.
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  • On April 1, 1933, the Nazis instigated their first action against German Jews by announcing a boycott of all Jewish-run
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  • businesses. The Nuremberg Laws, issued on September 15, 1935, began to exclude Jews from public life. The Nuremberg Laws
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  • included a law that stripped German Jews of their citizenship and a law that prohibited marriages and extramarital sex between Jews and Germans.
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  • The Nuremberg Laws set the legal precedent for further anti-Jewish legislation.The Nazis then issued additional anti-Jews laws over the next several years. For example, some of these
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  • laws excluded Jews from places like parks, fired them from civil service jobs (i.e. government jobs), made Jews register their
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  • property, and prevented Jewish doctors from working on anyone other than Jewish patients.
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