Holocaust Facts – 110 Horrible Facts About Holocaust
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Facts About the Holocaust
Soviet soldiers were first to liberate death camps, liberating Majdanek on July 23, 1944.
During the holocaust, more than 1.1 million children died.
The word Holocaust is derived from a Greek word “holokauston” which means “sacrifice by fire”. It refers to the slaughter of Jews.
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.
In 1950, there were 3.5 million Jews in Europe, of which 2 million were from USSR.
Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp was opened in Germany 6 years before WWII.
Over 99% of the Danish Jews survived the Holocaust because the Danish resistant movement managed to evacuate Jews by sea to nearby neutral Sweden.
Mauthausen was the last concentration camp to be liberated in May 1945.
Children were primarily targeted because if they grew up they would be parents to the new generations of Jews.
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.