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Holocaust Vocabulary

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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