The Holocaust in Germany

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“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.” This quotation, taken from Elie Wiesel’s Night, sums up the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust and the terrible experiences of those who lived through it.
The word ‘Holocaust’ is derived from the Greek word “Holcauston.” The word “holo” meaning “whole” and “causton” meaning “burned.” It was often used when referring to an animal sacrifice on an altar. Now, however, the word is looked at with a new perspective: the massive slaughter of six million Jews under Germany’s Third Reich regime. The Holocaust has become one of the most well known and studied genocides that the world has experienced. It is hard to fathom the number of lives lost in the years between 1938 and 1945. Six million men, women, and children gassed, burned, shot, and hung under the command of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The Nazis believed these violent acts were acceptable due to their strong belief that Jews ruined the German nation. In added attempt to perfect the ideal Germany, the Nazis exterminated cripples, Gypsies, the old, and the sick. However, this mass extinguishment of human lives did not happen overnight. It was a slow and precise process that Hitler
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