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The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.
From the early days of Nazi persecution to the final annihilation, the story of the Holocaust is told through rarely seen archive footage, photos and experts.
Engineering Evil is a History Channel special which examines in great details the process in which the Nazis carried out the Holocaust. However, this film is unique in its approach as it does not focus solely on the engineering/industrial side but the human engineering which took place. It was this engineering which allowed such an atrocity to occur in the first place.
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Voices of the Holocaust Voices of the Holocaust is a web resource of oral history testimonies gathered from Jewish men and women who came to live in Britain following persecution by the Nazis during the Second World War. The testimonies are personal, individual and true stories, which describe life during the Holocaust.
A Peoples History of the Holocaust Very detailed site of the Holocaust that includes persecution of Jews by the Nazis, concentration camps and stories of individuals and survivors.
A Teachers Guide to the Holocaust A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust from the University of South Florida offers an overview of the people and events of the World War 2 Holocaust when millions (including Jews, Gypsies, political enemies etc.) were victimised by the Nazi regime. Teacher resources are included.
A Learning site for Students The United Statesm Holocaust Memorial Museum's The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students is organised by theme and uses text, historical photographs, maps, images of artefacts, and audio clips to provide an overview of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust/Shoah This site has useful annotated links to other organisations with sites dealing with the Holocaust, educational projects, archives and references, personal responses, survivors and rescuers and the Third Reich.
The word “Holocaust,” from the Greek words “holos” (whole) and “kaustos” (burned), was historically used to describe a sacrificial offering burned on an altar. Since 1945, the word has taken on a new and horrible meaning: the mass murder of some 6 million European Jews (as well as members of some other persecuted groups, such as Gypsies and homosexuals) by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War.