Definitions for Holocaust
ˈhɒl əˌkɔst, ˈhoʊ lə-holo·caust
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an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)
"a nuclear holocaust"
Holocaust, final solutionnoun
the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
Specifically: The mass killing of millions of Jews by the Nazis during the period from 1933 to 1945 in Germany and German-occupied lands; usually referred to as The Holocaust. In Hebrew, the same event is referred to by the word Shoah.
A sacrifice to a god that is completely burned to ashes.
The annihilation or near-annihilation of a group of animals or people, whether by natural or deliberate agency (e.g., nuclear holocaust)
The state-sponsored mass murder of an ethnic group. In particular (and often with an initial capital) the Final Solution, a euphemism used by the Nazis to describe the mass killing of Jews and others either in camps equipped with industrial gassing and crematorium equipment or by more conventional means.
The mass murder of Jews and other groups by the Nazi regime during World War II.
Etymology: From holocauste, from holocaustum, from the neuter form of ὁλόκαυστος, from ὅλος + καύστος, from καίω
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A burnt sacrifice; a sacrifice of which the whole was consumed by fire, and nothing retained by the offerer.
Etymology: ὅλος and ϰαίω.
Isaac carried the wood for the sacrifice, which being an holocaust, or burnt offering, to be consumed unto ashes, we cannot well conceive a burthen for a boy. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Err.
Let the eye behold no evil thing, and it is made a sacrifice; let the tongue speak no filthy word, and it becomes an oblation; let the hand do no unlawful action, and you render it a holocaust. John Ray, on the Creation.
Eumenes cut a piece from every part of the victim, and by this he made it an holocaust, or an entire sacrifice. William Broome.
The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was the genocide of European Jews during World War II. Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some six million Jews across German-occupied Europe; around two-thirds of Europe's Jewish population. The murders were carried out in pogroms and mass shootings; by a policy of extermination through labor in concentration camps; and in gas chambers and gas vans in German extermination camps, chiefly Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bełżec, Chełmno, Majdanek, Sobibór, and Treblinka in occupied Poland.Germany implemented the persecution in stages. Following Adolf Hitler's appointment as chancellor on 30 January 1933, the regime built a network of concentration camps in Germany for political opponents and those deemed "undesirable", starting with Dachau on 22 March 1933. After the passing of the Enabling Act on 24 March, which gave Hitler dictatorial plenary powers, the government began isolating Jews from civil society; this included boycotting Jewish businesses in April 1933 and enacting the Nuremberg Laws in September 1935. On 9–10 November 1938, eight months after Germany annexed Austria, Jewish businesses and other buildings were ransacked or set on fire throughout Germany and Austria on what became known as Kristallnacht (the "Night of Broken Glass"). After Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, triggering World War II, the regime set up ghettos to segregate Jews. Eventually, thousands of camps and other detention sites were established across German-occupied Europe. The segregation of Jews in ghettos culminated in the policy of extermination the Nazis called the Final Solution to the Jewish Question, discussed by senior government officials at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin in January 1942. As German forces captured territories in the East, all anti-Jewish measures were radicalized. Under the coordination of the SS, with directions from the highest leadership of the Nazi Party, killings were committed within Germany itself, throughout occupied Europe, and within territories controlled by Germany's allies. Paramilitary death squads called Einsatzgruppen, in cooperation with the German Army and local collaborators, murdered around 1.3 million Jews in mass shootings and pogroms from the summer of 1941. By mid-1942, victims were being deported from ghettos across Europe in sealed freight trains to extermination camps where, if they survived the journey, they were gassed, worked or beaten to death, or killed by disease, starvation, cold, medical experiments, or during death marches. The killing continued until the end of World War II in Europe in May 1945. The Holocaust is understood as being primarily the genocide of the Jews, but during the Holocaust era (1933–1945), systematic mass-killings of other population groups occurred. These included Roma, Poles, Ukrainians, Soviet civilians and prisoners of war, and other targeted populations. Smaller groups were also victims of deadly Nazi persecution, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Black Germans, disabled people, communists, and homosexuals.
Holocaust refers to a widespread destruction or a large amount of damage, particularly caused by fire or nuclear war. It is most often used to refer to the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II by Nazi Germany, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. The term 'Holocaust' is derived from the Greek word 'holokauston', meaning 'sacrifice by fire'.
a burnt sacrifice; an offering, the whole of which was consumed by fire, among the Jews and some pagan nations
sacrifice or loss of many lives, as by the burning of a theater or a ship. [An extended use not authorized by careful writers.]
Etymology: [L. holocaustum, Gr. , neut. of , , burnt whole; "o`los whole + kaysto`s burnt, fr. kai`ein to burn (cf. Caustic): cf. F. holocauste.]
Holocaust is an American television miniseries broadcast in four parts in 1978 on the NBC television network. The series tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the Weiss family of German Jews and that of a rising member of the SS, who gradually becomes a merciless war criminal. Holocaust highlighted numerous important events which occurred up to and during World War II, such as Kristallnacht, the creation of Jewish ghettos and later, the use of gas chambers. Although the miniseries won several awards and received critical acclaim, it was criticized by some, including noted Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel, who described it as "untrue and offensive."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hol′o-kawst, n. a burnt sacrifice, in which the whole of the victim was consumed. [L.,—Gr. holokauston—holos, whole, kaustos, burnt.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A massive slaughter, especially the systematic mass extermination of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps prior to and during World War II.
The numerical value of Holocaust in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Holocaust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
We never want the history of the Holocaust to be a footnote in the history books, we need to talk about the Holocaust, we need to teach about the Holocaust because it is the most effective way to combat anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms ... and it’s never been as important as it is today.
Decades ago when I was young, I did not dream that in my lifetime I would witness a thriving industry of Holocaust denial, despite all our efforts to make people aware of the horrors of the Holocaust, I feel under present conditions, with the freedom granted to these race-hating views, we are fighting a losing battle.
What's 'ridiculous and sad' is that President Obama does not take Iran's repeated threats seriously. For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to 'destroy,' 'annihilate,' and 'wipe Israel off the map' with a 'big Holocaust,' 'Never again' will be the policy of my administration and I will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust.
There were many ways of not burdening one's conscience, of shunning responsibility, looking away, keeping mum. When the unspeakable truth of the Holocaust then became known at the end of the war, all too many of us claimed that they had not known anything about it or even suspected anything.
I certainly think that another Holocaust can happen again. It did already occur, think of Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia.
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- Massentötung, Ausrottung, Holocaust, Ganzopfer, Ausmerzung, Holokaustum, Massenvernichtung, Vollbrandopfer, Massenmord, Holokauston, Auslöschung, GruppenmordGerman
- γενοκτονία, ολοκαύτωμα, εξολόθρευσηGreek
- قتل عامPersian
- joukkotuho, holokausti, juutalaisvaino, polttouhri, kansanmurhaFinnish
- קורבן עולהHebrew
- 전 소사Korean
- brandoffer, holocaustDutch
- holokaust, całopaleniePolish
- holocausto, genocídio, extermínioPortuguese
- genocid, masă, în, exterminare, holocaustRomanian
- истребление, холокостRussian
- förintelse, folkmord, fSwedish
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