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The Holocaust

The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered approximately 6 million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event, involving the persecution and murder of other groups by the regime, including in particular the Roma, ethnic Poles, and "incurably sick", as well as political opponents, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Soviet prisoners of war.

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I toured Europe with a band a few years back and we visited Dachau. It was the most powerful stop on the entire trip. Honestly, visiting such a touching place really gets to you.

Contributed by Noelle Lewandowski

Did you know that the Nazi soldiers would shave the heads of all incoming prisoners and then use that hair to stuff the pillows of such prisoners...

Contributed by Stefan Alvidrez

Dachau Concentration Camp

This is the entrance of the Dachau concentration camp, located outside of Munich, Germany. I recently spent nearly six hours at this memorial site to learn, see, and feel the history. This is one of the few photos that I would ever post of what I witnessed. It was extremely disturbing, and heartbreaking.

Contributed by Brian Reynolds

After spending so many years learning about the Holocaust in middle school and high school, I have never heard of this man until now. Nicholas Winton was an English stockbroker who after learning that there were no rescue initiatives focused on children, worked to rescue nearly 669 children through personal efforts. Mr. Winton was a phenomenal human being and a true hero. Rest in peace.

Contributed by Lucy Zhang

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, January 27th, is The International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Pictured are metal shoes on the bank of the Danube in Hungary in memorial of the hundreds of Hungarian Jews were forced to leave their shoes on the bank before they were shot into the river by militiamen.

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz

Anne Frank

"In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death."- Anne Frank

Contributed by Grace Li-Haug

This man has inspired all whom have listened. I read his book "Night" in English my sophomore year of high school. His story, sadly, gave me nightmares of wondering "what makes me so much better than him, for the cruel things he had to see?" But it's a good book, don't get me wrong, the story WILL leave an imprint on you.

Contributed by Dominique Desiree Espinoza-Vargas

Eva Kor defines the meaning of forgivness and survivor. She is an amazing women adn also started the CANDELS holocaust museum in Terre Haute, Indiana. If you are ever in the area or if not this documentary Forgiving Dr.Mengele is certainly worth your time.

Contributed by Kellymarie Perez-Cruz

When I was 14 years old my family and I went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. As a member of the Jewish faith I was flabbergasted on how much stories, photos, personal accounts on what happened during the Holocaust. I learned more than what you usually learn in school and I still go there from time to time to learn even new stories, see new photos, and listen to some more personal accounts of the terrible days in Nazi Europe.

Contributed by Kenneth Klein

Exert from a Holocaust Documentary. This specific video features an interview with a man that survived the Holocaust when he was 15, I believe. Warning: It's simply heartbreaking

Contributed by Kristi Shevkun

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