What is the Holocaust?

image10.png

Young survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a Nazi concentration camp.

Did you know?

In addition to the persecution and mass murder of European Jews, the Nazis targeted other groups they considered to be racially and biologically inferior including: Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, Poles, Russians, Soviet prisoners of war and blacks. Additional groups were persecuted on political, ideological and behavioral grounds, among them communists, socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses and lesbians and gays. Find out more about the Holocaust here(By clicking on this link, you will leave The Mitzvah Project’s study guide and access another website.)

Additional viewing

Why the Jews: The History of Antisemitism is a 13-minute film that traces the history of antisemitism (hatred of Jews) from the early days of the Christian church to the Holocaust. (By clicking on this link, you will leave The Mitzvah Project’s study guide and access another website.)

Discussion

Does hatred and prejudice inevitably lead to killing? (By clicking on this link, you will leave The Mitzvah Project’s study guide and access another website.)