The Most Traumatic Event Of The 20th Century

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The Most Traumatic Event of the 20th Century
The Holocaust is known as one of the darkest side and one of the most vast hardships in the 20th century. “Holocaust,” comes from the Greek words, “holos” and “kaustos.” The word, “holos,” means whole and the word, “kaustos,” means burned. It was historically used to illustrate a sacrificial offering of the burning on an altar. Ever since 1945, this word has been taken to a whole other level. Today, the meaning behind this word is the universal murder of 6 million Jews ("The Holocaust"). In 1933, more than 60% of the world’s Jewish population lived in Europe. In a little more than a decade, most of Europe would be conquered by the Nazis and every two out of three would be dead ("Jewish Population in Europe Before the Holocaust"). The Holocaust affected the Jewish population in several countries, but the most affected was Poland, causing PTSD, Suicide, and the decrease of the Jewish population. Before World War 2, Poland was known as the city with a major center of Jewish life and culture. Hitler saw Poland as a “living space” for the Germans (“Germans Invade Poland). Hitler once said that he was intending to kill “without pity or mercy of all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language.” Previously to the attacks, 3.3 million Jews lived in Poland, more than any other country (“The Holocaust”). The German Army first attacked Poland on September 1, 1939. Poland was vanquished by September 28, 1939…
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