The Holocaust : A Word Of Greek Origin Meaning Essay

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When you think about the Holocaust, what word comes to mind, hatred, injustice, racism, and maltreatment. Do you think about the millions of Jews lives taken, tortured, or the evil acts that were brought upon them. The word Holocaust is defined by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” However, it reminds me of a quote by an unknown author, and I quote,“ we used to believe like Socrates, that evil and wrongdoing were based on ignorance, that men fought wars because they didn’t know any better, that racial prejudice was based on lack of enlightened. But we know that knowledge is not enough; that man can know the truth and deliberately lie, see the good and deliberately chose evil, see the light and deliberately walk in darkness, see the “high road “beckoning to him and deliberately choose the low road.” In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe was at least over nine million. Most European Jews lived in countries that Nazi Germany would occupy or influence during World War II. By 1945, the Germans and their followers killed nearly two out of every three European Jews as part of the "Final Solution," the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe. Although Jews, whom the Nazis deemed a major threat or danger to Germany, were the primary victims of Nazi racism, other victims included some 200,000 Roma (Gypsies). At least 200,000 mentally or physically disabled patients, mainly Germans, living in…

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