Hitler, murderer of millions, master of
destruction and organized insanity, announced at many
occasions the "annihilation of the Jews"
living in the territory under his control. His Nazi
Regime led to Holocaust
- the systematic annihilation of six million Jews
during World War 2. In 1933 approximately nine million
Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be
occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of
every three European Jews had been killed. The
European Jews were the primary victims of the
The number of children killed during the Holocaust is
not fathomable and full statistics for the tragic fate
of children who died will never be known. Some
estimates range as high as 1.5 million murdered
children. This figure includes more than 1.2 million
Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children
and thousands of institutionalized handicapped
children who were murdered under Nazi rule in Germany
and occupied Europe.
But the Jews were not the only group singled out for
persecution by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime. As
many as one-half million Gypsies, at least 250,000
mentally or physically disabled persons, and more than
three million Soviet prisoners-of-war also fell victim
to Nazi genocide.
Homosexuals, Social Democrats, Communists, partisans,
trade unionists, Polish intelligentsia and other undesirables
were also victims of the hate and aggression carried
out by the Nazis.
The death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau became the killing
centre where the largest numbers of European Jews were
killed. After an experimental gassing there in
September 1941 of 850 malnourished and ill
prisoners, mass murder became a daily routine. By mid
1942, mass gassing of Jews using Zyklon-B began at
Auschwitz, where extermination was conducted on an
industrial scale with some estimates running as high
as three million persons eventually killed through
gassing, starvation, disease, shooting, and burning.
- Louis Bülow
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