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The holocaust was the mass murder of European Jews by the Nazis during World War II Adolf Hitler planned to wipe out the entire population of the Jews as part of his plan for world domination The Nazis killed approximately 6 million Jewish men women and children by the end of the war in 1945 Many members of other ethnic groups were also killed In 1933 Adolf Hitler began his 12-year dictatorship of Germany With little or no delay repressive measures were taken against groups that did not submit to Nazism The government imposed many laws and restrictions that deprived many their rights and possessions On November 9 1938 known as Kristallnacht the Nazi Party killed dozens of Jews and sent nearly 30000 others to concentration camps1 They destroyed over 200 synagogues and about 7500 Jewish-owned businesses The Concentration Camps Concentration camps were set up by the Nazi regime as part of the Final Solution of systematically torturing and killing not only Jews but political prisoners homosexuals and other undesirables by means such as gassing execution style killing and medical experiments Auschwitz was the most notorious of the concentration camps for claimed the lives of over two million Jews from all over Europe during the course of WWII Bergen-Belsen did not fit the mold of most concentration camps as death came not from gassing or mass executions rather from starvation malnutrition and the rampant diseases that hit the camp in the final stages of the war The camps held three types of prisoners The politicals were the Communist Social Democrats and Jehovahs Witnesses The second group were the asocials primarily habitual criminals and sex offenders The last group were members of inferior races the Jews and the Gypsies Prisoners of the camps were given distinctive insignia for identification purposes All prisoners were prescribed markings on their clothes to indicate their category These were a serial number and a colored
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