::The Holocaust


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Hungarian Jews are selected by Nazis to be sent to the gas chamber at Auschwitz concentration camp, May/June 1944.<ref name = "Auschwitz Album">"The Auschwitz Album". Yad Vashem. Retrieved 24 September 2012.</ref>

The Holocaust (from the Greek ὁλόκαυστος{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} holókaustos{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}: hólos, "whole" and kaustós, "burnt"),<ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}.</ref> also known as the Shoah (Hebrew: השואה{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, HaShoah, "the catastrophe"), was a genocide in which approximately six million Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime and its collaborators.<ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}.
Further examples of this usage can be found in: Bauer 2002, Cesarani 2004, Dawidowicz 1981, Evans 2002, Gilbert 1986, Hilberg 1996, Longerich 2012, Phayer 2000, Zuccotti 1999</ref> Some historians use a definition of the Holocaust that includes the additional five million non-Jewish victims of Nazi mass murders, bringing the total to approximately eleven million. Taking into account all of the victims of persecution, the Nazis systematically killed an estimated 17 million people during the war.<ref>A figure of 26.3 million is given in Service d'Information des Crimes de Guerre: Crimes contre la Personne Humain, Camps de Concentration. Paris, 1946, pp. 197–198. Other references: Christopher Hodapp, Freemasons for Dummies, 2005; Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews, 2003; Martin Gilbert, Atlas of the Holocaust, 1993; Israel Gutman, Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, 1995.</ref> Killings took place throughout Nazi Germany and German-occupied territories.<ref>Niewyk, Donald L. and Nicosia, Francis R. The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust, Columbia University Press, 2000, pp. 45-52.</ref>

From 1941 to 1945, Jews were systematically murdered in a genocide, one of the largest in history, and part of a broader aggregate of acts of oppression and killings of various ethnic and political groups in Europe by the Nazi regime.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Every arm of Germany's bureaucracy was involved in the logistics and the carrying out of the genocide, turning the Third Reich into "a genocidal state".<ref name = "Berenbaum 2005 103"> Compare: {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }} </ref> Other victims of Nazi crimes included Romanis, ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet POWs, communists, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses and the mentally and physically disabled.<ref name=Evans-NYRB-2015-07-02>Evans, Richard (July 9, 2015). The Anatomy of Hell, The New York Review of Books</ref> In total, approximately 11 million people were killed, including approximately one million Jewish children.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}; {{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}.</ref> Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed.<ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}.</ref> A network of about 42,500 facilities in Germany and German-occupied territories were used to concentrate, confine, and kill Jews and other victims.<ref name=NYT030113>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Over 200,000 people are estimated to have been Holocaust perpetrators.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}

The persecution and genocide were carried out in stages, culminating in what was termed the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" (die Endlösung der Judenfrage), the agenda to exterminate Jews in Europe. Initially the German government passed laws to exclude Jews from civil society, most prominently the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. A network of concentration camps was established starting in 1933 and ghettos were established following the outbreak of World War II in 1939. In 1941, as Germany conquered new territory in eastern Europe, specialized paramilitary units called Einsatzgruppen were used to murder around two million Jews and "partisans", often in mass shootings. By the end of 1942, victims were being regularly transported by freight trains to specially built extermination camps where, if they survived the journey, most were systematically killed in gas chambers. The campaign of murder continued until the end of World War II in Europe in April–May 1945.

Overall, Jewish armed resistance was limited. The most notable exception was the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, when thousands of poorly-armed Jewish fighters held the Waffen-SS at bay for four weeks. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Jewish partisans actively fought against the Nazis and their collaborators in Eastern Europe.<ref name="Kennedy 2007 780">{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}.</ref><ref name=USHMM_RES>"Resistance During the Holocaust". Holocaust Encyclopedia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 27 September 2012.</ref> French Jews were also highly active in the French Resistance, which conducted a guerilla campaign against the Nazis and Vichy French authorities. In total, over a hundred armed Jewish uprisings took place.<ref name="jewishpartisans1"> Jewish Partisan Education Foundation, accessed 22 December 2013. </ref>

The Holocaust sections
Intro  Etymology and use of the term  Distinctive features  Development and execution  Victims  Uniqueness  Aftermath  See also  Notes  Citations  Bibliography  External links  

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