6 Horrific facts about the Holocaust

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 5:36pm


1. Concentration Facilites 

42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps were documented throughout Europe between Hitler's reign from 1933-1945. A number so high that many scholars were shocked to see the data. These camps were used for the most barbaric actions ever taken against mankind. Some were war supply factories where prisoners were forced to manufacture the very weapons that would be used against them, some were brothels, and other facilities were particularly horrible camps would include “care” centers where pregnant prisoners were forced to abort their babies and were killed upon birth.


2. The Third Reich

The Third Reich established about 110 camps at the start of their reign in the year 1933. These 110 camps imprisoned about 10,000 enemies of the Hitler. By the end of the war, there were 42,500 camps that had imprisoned somewhere about 15 million to 20 million people. That is a 38,536% increases in the number of camps along with a 150,000% increase in the number of prisoners in a 12 year period.

3. Jewish Death Totals

9.5 million Jews lived in Europe before the war began. This was about 60% of the Jewish world population. These 9.5 million Jews comprised of 1.7% of the total European population. There were 6 million Jews murdered over the 12 year period of the holocaust. Of those 6 million,  1.1 million were Jewish children. Europe went from a vibrant and culturally Jewish rich part of the world, a population of only 3.8 million Jews in 1945. This was only 35% of the world's Jewish population.


4. April 1, 1933

April 1, 1933, marked the day of the Nazi party’s first act in dehumanizing the Jewish people. This began with boycotting all Jewish-run businesses in Germany. Two years later the Nuremberg laws were issued. These laws stripped the Jewish people of their German citizenship and prohibited extramarital sex between Jews and the German people as Jews were viewed as inferior. Jews were later banned from public parks, public schools, fired from civil service jobs, forced to register their property, and were not allowed to leave certain areas of Germany. In November of 1938, as the restrictions and persecution of Jews continued to rise, Kristallnacht began to take place. That night, the burning of synagogues, destruction of Jewish owned business and homes, and physical attacks on the Jewish people took place. The Jewish people were stripped of their livelihood, religion, and quality of life in this short five-year span.


5. Family Separation

Separation in families was an ongoing and heartbreaking time for jews during the holocaust. Starting at Kristallnacht, 30,000 Jewish men were imprisoned and thousands of families remained fatherless, most of whom never saw their father or husband again. Upon Kristallnacht, many Jewish mothers knew that the best chance for their children's survival was to find a way for them to escape and knowing very well that the likelihood they would see their children again would be very small. Thousands of children were sent all over the world without their family to protection and comfort of their families. Six thousand children were sent to Palestine and 10,000 children were later sent to Britain. Many of these children were captured and many had a complete loss of identity. This was a crippling time for Jewish families as the day of reunification would never come.

6. Jewish Ghettoes

Ghettoes were used to segregate Jews from everyday life. Ghettos were set in small spaces with extreme overpopulation. The living conditions were miserable and under constant surveillance by the Nazis. Hitler established at least 1,000 ghetto’s in German-occupied space. Warsaw alone held over 400,000 jews in a dense 1.3-mile area. Jews were forced to wear a yellow star of David to make it known they were Jewish or “inferior”. Ghettoes were an integral part of Hitler's “Final Solution”. The “Final Solution” was a plan beginning in 1941 to murder all European Jews left. The Germans would destroy the ghetto’s and take the jews to killing centers or camps where they would work until they died.