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holocaust

a fast burning fire that destroys everything in its past

genocide

the systematic killing of a target group of people

selection

the word used by Nazis when they chose who would live and die

final solution

the euphemism for Hitler's plan to murder all Jews

Judenrein

"free from Jews"

antisemitism

racist hatred and fear of Jewish people

Nazi

Hitler's racist political party

55 million

the total number of WWII casualties

6 million

the number of Jews Hitler exterminated

gestapo

secret police in charge of silencing political opposition to Hitler

SS

elite forces in charge of concentration camps

Kapo

prisoners put in charge of the camps

Dr. Mengele

"the Angel of Death" doctor who performed unethical experiments on prisoners

Gypsies

80% of this ethnic group in Europe was exterminated by the Nazis

Auschwitz

the largest death camp, located in Poland

Birkenau

reception center for Auschwitz

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