"Genocide is the attempt to partially or completely destroy a particular racial, religious, or national group.
During World War II, the Third Reich embarked on a program of genocide by which they attempted to completely destroy European Jewry.
Six million Jews, the majority of the European Jewish population and about one-third of all the Jews in the world, were ultimately murdered.
This Nazi genocide has become known as the holocaust."
Source: Karesh, Sara E., and Mitchell M. Hurvitz. "Nazi genocide." Encyclopedia of Judaism
, Encyclopedia of World Religions. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2006. Modern World History Online
. Facts on File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE53&iPin=ENJ0221&SingleRecord=True
(accessed March 2, 2011).
"...I should like someone to remember that there once lived a person named David Berger."
- - David Berger in his last letter, Vilna 1941
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Encyclopaedia Britannica: The Holocaust
Encyclopaedia Britannica: Reflections on the Holocaust
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- Learning About the Holocaust: A Student Guide
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