The Holocaust

The philosophy B602 Good and Evil section of my GCSE OCR Religious Studies. Cards on the Holocaust.

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The Holocaust

  • The word 'Holocaust' means 'whole burning'
  • Jews refer to the Holocaust as 'Shoah'. This means 'whirlwind'
  • From the beginnings of Jewish history, Jews have suffered prejudice, discrimination and persecution
  • Towards the end of the 18th century, Jews living in Europe began to face greater persecutions as Nationalists believed that Jews were 'watering-down' their own racial identity
  • This hatred of Jews is known as 'anti-Semitism'
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The Holocaust

  • In the 1920s Germany, the country was suffering with grave economic problems
  • The National Socialist Party sought to solve these problems, but also tried to put the blame of these problems onto 'non-Aryan' people - especially Jews
  • In 1933, Hitler was electred Chancellor of Germany and began to pass laws which gradually depived Jes of their citizenship rights
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  • 7th November 1938: Ernest von Rath was shot by a young Jewish boy who claimed to be 'avenging his parents'
  • The government organised mass demonstrations across Germany for the next night, in which 8000 Jewish shops and most synagogues were burned
  • The majority of people (in and out of Germany were shocked at this)
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The Final Solution

  • eventually, Hitler introduced 'The Final Solution'
  • this was the attempt to kill every remaining Jewish person in Europe
  • Concentration Camps were set up and large numbers of Jews were taken
  • Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, communists, Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, Jehovah's Witnesses and underground resistance fighters were all sent to Concentration Camps
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The Holocaust

  • More than 9000 people were killed each day at the height of exterminations at Auschwitz
  • An estimated 1.1 million to 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz
  • Medical experiments, including sterilisation and castration, were carried out in camps
  • An estimated 6 million Jews were killed in total-two-thirds at the Jewish world population
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The Holocaust

  • The events which took place during the Holocaust shocked most of the world
  • Jews were left with not only physical and mental scars, but many also were left questioning their faith and their general belief in God
  • Jews today will respond to the Holocaust in a variety of different ways
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Nice and simple notes on information about the Holocaust. Contains dates and names so you can use these in your exam revision to make it more effective.

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