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"HOLOCAUST" During World War II, the Germans slaughtered millions of innocent Europeans: Jews, Gypsies, Slavs and other as well as untold thousands of mentally and physically challenged individuals. Holocaust was any widespread human disaster, but when written holocaust, its special meaning is the almost compete destruction of the Jews in Europe by nazi Germany.

When Nazi government came to power in Germany in January 1933, it immediately began to take systematic measures against the Jews.

From 1933 to 1939, the nazi party, agencies of the government, banks, and business enterprise made planned effort to eliminate Jews from economic life. Jews lost their jobs, businesses, homes and later lost their lives.

"The Night of Broken Glass" was the signal to Jews in Germany and Austria to leave as soon as possible. All synagogues in Germany were set on fire; windows of Jewish shops were smashed. Several hundred thousand Jews were able to find refuge in other countries, but many stayed to face an uncertain fate.

By September 1941, the Jews of Germany were forced to wear badges or armbands marked with a yellow star. Later they were deported to ghettos in Poland. Then were transported to concentration camps.

The first transports were usually filled with women, children, or older men, who could not work. Jews capable of labor were retained in shops or Plants, but they too were eventually killed. Most of them were killed from the carbon monoxide gas in gas chambers.

Jewish and non-Jewish was employed by industry; some prisoners were used for medical experiments. Jews and Gypsies were gassed routinely, several hundred thousand others died from starvation, disease, or shooting. To erase the traces of destruction, large crematories were built, so that the bodies of the gassed could be burnt to ashes.

When the war ended,