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The Holocaust 1933-1945 Nearly six million Jews were killed and murdered The Holocaust The word holocaust means a great raging fire that consumes in its path all that lives In the years between 1933 and 1945 the Jews of Europe were marked for total annihilation The Germans under Adolf Hitlers command believed that the Jews Homosexuals Gypsies Jehovas Witneses Mentally Retarded and anyone who did not believe in Nazism were the cause of all the German troubles and were a threat to the German and Christian values Dating back to the first century AD the Jews and Christians were always at war Hitler believed that if he anialated everyone different from the Nazis Germany would be perfect He was trying to turn Germany into the Aryan race of perfect Germans He had control over these camps that were used during the war for prisioners They were called Concentration Camps These Camps were set up for different purposes Some for forced labor others for medical experiments and later on for extermination Transition camps were set up as holding places for death camps Some of the most known of the death camps were located in Poland Some of these include Auschwitz 1 million Jews killed Treblinka 700000-800000 Jews gassed Belzec 600000 Jews gassed and Sobibor 250000 Jews gassed These camps were the major centers for the slaughter of Jews and other groups When they arrived at the death camps the people were devided into two groups of women children and another of men They were stripped of there clothes and valuables and sent with a bar of soap into the shower rooms The shower heads were actually gas taps A camp called Mauthausen used a method called extermination by labor Camps were set up along railroad lines so that the prisoners would be conveniently close to their destination The Jews were taken by train mostly Cattle trains with no bathrooms no food and no water
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