The Holocaust is the state-sponsored systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims — six million were murdered. 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 German “racial” community. The Jews were not the only victims of Hitler's regime, but they were the only group that the Nazis sought to destroy entirely. The impact on the Jewish people was devastating:
- By 1945, two out of every three European Jews had been exterminated in what the Germans called “The Final Solution.”
- Before 1939, Poland was home to 3.3 million Jews, 90 percent of whom were killed by the Nazis. Most who survived emigrated.
Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), people with mental and physical disabilities, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi Germany.
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