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About the Holocaust

The Holocaust was the  systematic destruction of six million Jews as perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945.

During this time period millions of other innocent individuals and groups were persecuted because of Nazi racial and social ideology. These individuals and groups are sometimes referred to as other victims and include; Roma (Gypsies), Jehovah Witnesses, Homosexuals, the Handicapped and Poles. 

The Nazis also persecuted anyone who defied them politically, such as Communists and Socialists, and anyone they saw as a threat to their authority and power.

 A survivor is defined as a person who was displaced, persecuted, and/or discriminated against by the racial, religious, ethnic, social, and political policies of the Nazis and their allies. In addition to former inmates of concentration camps and ghettos, this includes refugees and people in hiding, among others.