If we wanted to remain silent for one minute for each of the 6 million Jews murdered during the Shoah, we would have to be silent for eleven long and silent years! The Shoah was the systematic murder of over six million Jews by the Nazi regime, its allies and supporters. The so-called “new order”… Continua a leggere What is the Shoah?
Anti-Semitism is a phenomenon dating back to the Middle Ages and indicates hateful behaviour towards those who practice the Jewish religion. This aversion has, over the centuries, often resulted in acts of discrimination, violence and persecution. The explicit anti-Semitic actions in Germany were implemented from 1933, in order to safeguard the so-called Aryan race, considered superior,… Continua a leggere Who were the persecuted?
Death angel: the Ss operating the gas chamber. Antreten zum appell (stand up for the roll call): it was the daily cry that alerted the prisoners that the terrible Nazi roll call was about to begin Bahnhof (railway station): in Mauthausen, cell where the dying people were left. Canada: in Auschwitz was the warehouse where… Continua a leggere The language of the concentration camps…
The word Holocaust derives from Greek and successively from Latin. This term is the Greek translation of the Jewish sacrifice called “Olah” (raising) a sacrifice that is “burned”, and appreciated by God. The best-known meaning of this term is sadly connected to the persecution and extermination of about six million Jews, carried out by the… Continua a leggere What does Holocaust mean?
The Nazis were those who supported and shared the ideology of the National socialism, more commonly called Nazism. National socialism is a political movement created in the first post-war period by Adolf Hitler, Gottfried Feder, Dietrich Eckart, Rudolf Hess, Hermann Göring and Alfred Rosenberg. Adolf Hitler wrote and published Mein Kampf in 1925, in which… Continua a leggere Who were the nazis?
It is not incorrect to say that in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth century Jews were, although a minority, well integrated, having embraced the German language, culture, education and lifestyle. German Jews contributed greatly to science, literature, arts, and education and some of them were awarded the Nobel prize –first of all Albert Einstein–… Continua a leggere The beginning of the persecution
“The actions were terrifying, but those who did them were almost normal, neither demonic nor monstrous. Eichmann always acted within the narrow limits permitted by law, doing nothing but obeying orders with a deep sense of duty”. (Hannah Arendt) If a mind like Hitler’s developed such a horrible thought, what convinced so many people to… Continua a leggere Why were people collaborating with the Nazis?
“The big mass of Germans always ignored the most atrocious details of what happened later in the Lager: the methodical and industrialized extermination on the scale of millions of people, toxic gas chambers, crematory ovens, the abject exploitation of corpses, all this should not have been known, and in fact few people knew it, until… Continua a leggere What is the Final Solution?
The Nazi propaganda succeeded in using modern and pioneering techniques: simple messages which were capable of endear and emotionally reach out to the masses, together with extraordinarily strong and straightforward images. “It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, it’s task is to lead to success” -Joseph Goebbels The 1933 is the turning point year… Continua a leggere What is the Nazi propaganda?
Life in the concentration camps was a real hell. The conditions to which the deportees were subjected were prohibitive, for example the train journey that often lasted days and days and subjected them to unspeakable suffering and deprivation was awful. Once they arrived at their destination, the prisoners were divided into two categories: the weakest… Continua a leggere What was life like in the camps?