holocaust

by ibrahim abdulrahim

The Holocaust was the persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were and that the Jews were an alien threat to the German racial community.

During the Holocaust

During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived racial inferiority the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples Russians, and Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral In the early years of thenazi regime, the National Socialist government established concentration camps to detain real and imagined political and ideological opponents. Increasingly in the years before the outbreak of war, SS and police officials incarcerated Jews, Roma, and other victims of ethnic and racial hatred in these camps. To concentrate and monitor the Jewish population as well as to facilitate later deportation of the Jews, the Germans and their collaborators created ghettos, transit camps, and forced-labor camps for Jews during the war years. The German authorities also established numerous forced-labor camps, both in the so-called Greater German Reich and in German-occupied territory, for non-Jews whose labor the Germans sought to exploit.