10 Facts About Holocaust

During the World War II, a carnage happened in Europe. The incident is known as Holocaust, a systematic genocide of Nazi Germany against the various ethnic, religious, national, and secular. The Nazis called it as “The Final Solution” to murder the Jewish people. There are facts about Holocaust that might be we do not know before.


1. The term “Holocaust”

The term “Holocaust,” originally from the Greek word “holokauston” which means “sacrifice by fire”. It refers to the Nazi’s persecution and planned slaughter of the Jewish people. The Hebrew word “Shoah” is also used for this genocide. That word means “devastation, ruin, or waste”.

2. The target

The Nazis were not only targeted Jews to be killed, but also Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the disabled for persecution. Those who resisted the Nazis was sent to forced labor or murdered.

3. The most intensive killing

The most intensive Holocaust killing took place at the Babi Yar Ravine (just outside of Kiev, Ukraine) in September 1941. There, more than 33,000 Jews were killed in just two days. Jews were forced to undress and walk to the ravine’s edge. When German troops shot them, they fell into the abyss. The Nazis then pushed the wall of the ravine over, burying the dead and the living. Police grabbed children and threw them into the ravine as well.

4. The Ghettos

Some ghettos started out as “open,” which meant that Jews could leave the area during the daytime but often had to be back within the ghetto by a curfew. Later, all ghettos became “closed,” which meant that Jews were trapped within the confines of the ghetto and not allowed to leave.

5. The Final Solution

“The Final Solution” is the term used by The Nazis referred to their plan to murder the Jewish people. It was constructed during the Wannsee Conference in January 1942. Fourteen high-ranking Nazis met in Wannsee, a suburb of Berlin, and presented a program to deport all Jews to Poland where the SS would kill them. To get them to cooperate, the Nazis told the Jews they were being transported to another place for labor.

6. The “Night of Broken Glass”

Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass” occurred throughout Germany and Austria on November 9, 1938 when the Nazis viciously attacked Jewish communities. The Nazis destroyed, looted, and burned over 1,000 synagogues and destroyed over 7,000 businesses. They also ruined Jewish hospitals, schools, cemeteries, and homes. When it was over, 96 Jews were dead and 30,000 arrested.

7. Escaped from death by converting religion

Unlike other genocides in which victims are often able to escape death by converting to another religion, those of Jewish descent could be spared only if their grandparents had converted to Christianity before January 18, 1871 (the founding of the German Empire).

8. Government’s duty

During the Holocaust, Nazi Germany became a genocide state. The government dedicated to the annihilation of the Jews. Parish churches provided the birth records of the Jews. The Finance Ministry took Jewish wealth and property. Universities researched more efficient ways to murder. And government transportation bureaus paid for the trains that carried the Jews to their death.

9. Holocaust Victims’ Hair

The Nazis would process Holocaust victims’ hair into felt and thread. Hair was also used to make socks for submarine crews, ignition mechanism in bombs, ropes and cords for ships, and stuffing for mattresses. Camp commanders were required to submit monthly reports on the amount of hair collected.

10. Miniseries Titled “Holocaust”

The term “holocaust” became a household word in America when in 1978 NBC television aired the miniseries titled Holocaust. However, Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel called the miniseries, “untrue and offensive.” Wiesel objected to what he thought were historical inaccuracies, German and Jewish stereotypes, “too much drama and not enough documentary.” He also argued that television was an inappropriate medium to portray the holocaust.


Those are some Holocaust facts that reveals how sadistic Hitler and his Nazis.

Source: coolfacts.in and facts.randomhistory.com

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