What is the Holocaust...?
The word "Holocaust" comes from the greek words , holos "whole" and kaustós "burnt." This was a genocide in which Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany and its collaborators killed about six million Jews. These victims included 1.5 million children and represented about two-thirds of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe.
The Jews from the Holocaust were categorized by the number on their arm.
The horrible life story (Haiku)
Watching my dad go,
Taking him to Auschwitz
Never to be seen.
Trying to survive,
A terrible place to be
Can't believe I'm here...
Don't know how to live,
Lots of people die each day
I am trying hard!
Beginning of the war
In September 1939, the German army occupied the western half of Poland. German police soon forced tens of thousands of Polish Jews from their homes and into ghettoes, giving their confiscated properties to ethnic Germans (non-Jews outside Germany who identified as German), Germans from the Reich or Polish gentiles. Surrounded by high walls and barbed wire, the Jewish ghettoes in Poland functioned like captive city-states, governed by Jewish Councils. In addition to widespread unemployment, poverty and hunger, overpopulation made the ghettoes breeding grounds for disease such as typhus.
Two different letters from a little Jewish girl to her father...
After the girl found out about what happened to her father.
TOWARDS THE “FINAL SOLUTION” , 1940-1941
Throughout the spring and summer of 1940, the German army expanded Hitler’s empire in Europe, conquering Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. Beginning in 1941, Jews from all over the continent, as well as hundreds of thousands of European Gypsies, were transported to the Polish ghettoes. The German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 marked a new level of brutality in warfare. Mobile killing units called Einsatzgruppen would murder more than 500,000 Soviet Jews and others (usually by shooting) over the course of the German occupation.