Facts about the Holocaust

  1. Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps in 1945.
  2. Jewish people were excluded from public life on September 15th, 1935 when the Nuremberg Laws were issued.
  3. When World War II started, the Nazis ordered all Jews to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothing so they could be easily seen out of a crowd.
  4. 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust. 6 million of those victims were Jewish.
  5. The first mass gassing of Jews took place in the Chelmno extermination cam.
  6. Joseph Goebbels was the Nazi minister of propaganda and head of the Nazi organization in Berlin. He committed suicide along with his wife and six children in Berlin during the last week of the war.
  7. More than half a million people visit the site of the former concentration camp Auschwitz every year.
  8. The 1985 nine hour movie, Shoah by Claude Lanzmann is consists entirely of interviews with people who witnessed the Holocaust.