35 Terrible Facts About Holocaust

35 Terrible Facts About Holocaust

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2. Soviet soldiers were first to liberate death camps, liberating Majdanek on July 23, 1944.

3. During the holocaust, more than 1.1 million children died.

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5. The word Holocaust is derived from a Greek word “holokauston” which means “sacrifice by fire”. It refers to the slaughter of Jews.

6. Nazi camps are generally referred as concentration camps, but there were different kinds of camps including concentration camps, extermination camps, POW camps, transit camps and labor camps.

7. In 1950, there were 3.5 million Jews in Europe, of which 2 million were from USSR.

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9. Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp was opened in Germany 6 years before WWII.

10. Over 99% of the Danish Jews survived the Holocaust because the Danish resistant movement managed to evacuate Jews by sea to nearby neutral Sweden.

11. Mauthausen was the last concentration camp to be liberated in May 1945.

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13. Children were primarily targeted because if they grew up they would be parents to the new generations of Jews.

14. Children on the way to camps through the crowded cattle cars suffocated and died, and those who survived were then taken to the gas chambers.

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16. Two-thirds of all the Jewish people living in Europe were murdered in the Holocaust.

17. Over 50,000 Jews were murdered by the Romanian troops in October 1941, it is known as the “Odessa massacre.”

18. Jews were ordered to live in ghettos after the beginning of WW2.

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20. Just week after death of Anne Frank, British troops have liberated her concentration camp.

21. Adolf Hitler planned to collect thousands of Jewish artifacts to build a “Museum of An Extinct Race” after the WW2.

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23. A Japanese consul during the WW2 save 6,000 Jews from Holocaust by giving them Visas to Japan even after the government denied him to do so.

24. The slave labor at Auschwitz during the Holocaust has generated about 60 million Reichmarks i.e. 125 m pounds today for the Nazi state.

25. Allied forces sunk 3 ships carrying the survivors of concentration camps by accident during the WW2, killing 10,000 Jews.

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27. 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at Auschwitz.

28. Some Holocaust survivors died of candy and chocolate overdose within their first week of freedom.

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30. The soldiers who patrolled and operated concentration camps were called “Death’s Head”.

31. Nearly 220,000 to 500,000 gypsies or Romanies were killed during the Holocaust.

32. Originally carbon monoxide was used in gas chambers, later Zyklon B an insecticide was developed to kill inmates.

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34. By July 1933, 27,000 people were held in the German concentration camps.

35. Jews were only 1% of the total German population or around 525,000 in 1933.

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