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Did you Know? List of Facts about the Holocaust
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about the Holocaust, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults.

Interesting Facts about the Holocaust are as follows:

  • Fact 1 - Definition: The systematic and bureaucratic mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime leading up to, and during World War 2, from 1933 until 1945

  • Fact 2 - The word, Holocaust, derives from Ancient Greek word 'holocaustos' ('holo' meaning wholly and 'caustos' meaning burnt) understood to mean complete destruction. The term is used for Adolf Hitler's attempted genocide of European Jews known as the "final solution".
  • Holocaust Fact 3 - During the Holocaust the Nazis also targeted homosexuals, Gypsies and the disabled for persecution.
  • Fact 4 - It is estimated that 11,000,000 people were killed during the Holocaust. 6,000,000 of these were Jews.
  • Holocaust Fact 5 - In 1933 Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany and the Nazis instigated their first action against German Jews by announcing a boycott of all Jewish-run businesses.
  • Fact 6 - The Nazis opened the following concentration camps including:
    • Dachau, near Munich
    • Buchenwald near Weimar
    • Sachsenhausen near Berlin
    • Ravensbruck near Berlin for women
    • Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland
    • Banjica in Serbia
    • Bardufoss in Norway
    • Belzec in Poland
    • Bergen-Belsen in Germany
    • Bogdanovka in Moldova
    • Bredtvet in Norway
    • Chełmno (Kulmhof) in Poland
    • Herzogenbusch (Vught) in Netherlands
    • Janowska in Ukraine
    • Jasenovac in Croatia
    • Majdanek in Poland
    • Maly Trostenets in Belarus
    • Oberer Kuhberg in Germany
    • Sajmiste in Serbia
    • Sobibór in Poland
    • Treblinka in Poland
    • Warsaw in Poland
  • Holocaust Fact 7 - Nazis defined a non-Aryan as "anyone descended from non-Aryan, especially Jewish, parents or grandparents
  • Holocaust Fact 8 - Nazis issued a Decree defining a non-Aryan as "anyone descended from non-Aryan, especially Jewish, parents or grandparents
  • Holocaust Fact 9 - In 1933 Nazis passed a law allowing for forced sterilization of those found to have genetic defects and passed another law allowing beggars, the homeless, alcoholics and the unemployed to be sent to concentration camps.
  • Holocaust Fact 10 - 1935 - Nuremberg Race Laws against Jews were decreed
  • Holocaust Fact 11 - 1938 - Nazis order Jews to register wealth and property. Jews over age 15 were also required to apply for identity cards to be shown on demand to any police officer. Jewish passports had to be stamped with a large red "J."
  • Holocaust Fact 12 - In 1939 Jews in Germany were subject to a curfew and doctors, lawyers and dentists were forbidden to practice
  • Fact 13 - Jews were gathered into ghettoes
  • Fact 14 - Jews were required to wear yellow stars on their clothing
  • Fact 15 - Ghettoes housing Jews were sealed off
  • Holocaust Fact 16 - The first test use of Zyklon-B gas at Auschwitz took place in 1941
  • Holocaust Fact 17 - Mass killings of Jews using Zyklon-B begin at Auschwitz in 1942
  • Holocaust Fact 18 - Deportations of Jews to Concentration and Extermination camps
  • Holocaust Fact 19 - In 1944 President Roosevelt issues a statement condemning German and Japanese ongoing "crimes against humanity."
  • Holocaust Fact 20 - In 1944 Auschwitz records its highest daily number of people gassed and burned at just over 9,000.
  • Holocaust Fact 21 - In 1944 Himmler orders the destruction of the crematories at Auschwitz
  • Holocaust Fact 22 - Russian troops liberate Auschwitz January 27, 1945.
  • Holocaust Fact 23 - An estimated 2,000,000 persons, including 1,500,000 Jews were murdered at Auschwitz
  • Holocaust Fact 24 - Americans free 33,000 inmates from concentration camps

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