The Holocaust Summary

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The Holocaust

For twelve years following 1933 the Jews were persecuted by the Nazi's. Jewish businesses
were boycotted and vandalized. By 1939, Jews were no longer citizens,could not attend
public schools,engage in practically any business or profession, own any land, associate
with any non-Jew or visit public places such as parks and museums. The victories of the
German armies in the early years of World War II brought the majority of European Jewry
under the Nazis. The Jews were deprived of human rights. The Jewish people were forced to
live in Ghetto's which were separated from the main city. Hitler's plan of genocide was
carried out with efficiency. The total number of Jews exterminated has been calculated at
around 5,750,000.

In Warsaw ,where approximately 400,000 Jews had once been concentrated,was reduced to a
population of 60,000. They,virtually unarmed, resisted the German deportation order and
had held back the regular German troops equipped with flame throwers,armoured cards, and
tanks for nearly a month. This heroism was similar to the revolt which took place around
165BC. This uprising was led by the Maccabees, a provincial priestly family (also called
Hasmoneans). They recaptured the Temple and rededicated it to the God of Israel. The
Maccabees made there last stand on a mountain and was able to hold back the syrians for
more then a month. There is a distinct similarity between the two stories and that is
possibly why they are both recognised as holidays in the Jewish faith.

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