Factual statements about the Holocaust


WHILE MOST PEOPLE AIDED THE NAZIS or simply looked the other way, there were some courageous individuals in Germany and throughout Europe who risked their lives to save the Jews.


MOST INFANTS AND CHILDREN WERE KILLED immediately upon arrival at the camps. The Nazis murdered as many as one and a half million Jewish children.



THE NAZIS ALSO TARGETED THE ROMANI PEOPLE, commonly called Gypsies, as "racially undesirable." Hundreds of thousands of them were imprisoned or murdered.

AFTER THE GERMAN ARMY INVADED DENMARK, the Danish people mobilized to ferry 7,800 Jews to safety in neutral Sweden. At the end of the War, 99% of Denmark's Jews were still alive.

THE NAZIS CONSIDERED THE SLAVIC PEOPLE to be "sub human" -- the elite were to be exterminated and the rest were to be used for slave labor. Millions died under German occupation.

THERE WERE MANY ACTS OF JEWISH RESISTANCE against the Nazis. With little or no resources, there rebelled in the ghettos, fought as partisans in the forests, and revolted as prisoners in the camps.

JEWS IN THE WARSAW GHETTO REVOLTED against the Nazis on April 19,1943. A handful of Jews heroically held off the German army for several weeks. Finally, the Nazis destroyed the ghetto.

GERMAN HOMOSEXUALS WERE EARLY VICTIMS of Nazi persecution. Many were imprisoned. Some were castrated or used in medical experiments. Thousands died in concentration camps.

IN POLAND, ALONE, THE GERMAN ARMY KILLED more than six million Polish citizens -- Jews and Christians -- including 2,600 Catholic priests.

BY LATE 1942, THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES were aware of the death camps, but did nothing to destroy them.

 

Source: New England Holocaust Memorial