The Holocaust was a dark time in history that lasted for around 12 years. Learn more about the concentration camps, fights between nazis and jews and other interesting facts in this list of shocking holocaust facts.
1. 33,000 Jews were killed in less than 2 days on September 1941 in Ukraine.
2. The Holocaust began in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany and ended in 1945 when the Nazis were defeated by the Allied powers.
3. During the Holocaust, one-third of the total Jewish population was murdered.
4. Along with Jews, 500,000 Gypsies were also killed during the Holocaust.
5. Two third of the total 9 million Jews living in Europe before the Holocaust were murdered.
6. Marrying the Jews or having sex with them was made illegal by Hitler in 1935 under the Nuremberg law.
7. In Germany on November 11, 1938, It was made illegal for the Jews to possess any kind of weapon or a firearm.
8. Jews were forcibly made to leave their homes and moved into much smaller apartments.
9. The death camps were first liberated by the Soviet soldiers on July 23, 1944.
10. In Israel, the Knesset made Holocaust Remembrance Day (also known as Yom Hashoah) a national holiday in 1959.
11. Only 150 people in Treblinka killed more than 870,000 Jews.
12. Wedding rings, watches or any other precious stone, possessed by the victims was looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
13. Even before recording their births, thousands of babies were killed by the Nazis.
14. Jewish women were more than 50% of the total Jewish victims during the Holocaust.
15. Different experiments were regularly done on newborn babies in the concentration camps by separating them from their mothers.
16. A total of 11 million people were murdered in those 12 years of Holocaust and 6 million out of them were Jews.
17. Thousands of victims died within a week after being liberated from the concentration camps as they starved and were beaten earlier.
18. There were also a few cases of Jewish deaths due to overeating of sweets after being liberated from the concentration camps.
19. Hitler offered to let the United States, Great Britain, and 30 other countries to take in Jewish refugees, but they refused.
20. Leica Camera Company saved the lives of hundreds of Jews by hiring them for jobs abroad.
21. The fragments of human bones changed the color of the mud from brown to Grey.
22. The Roman term for Holocaust is Porrajmos and it means devouring.
23. Former concentration camp (Auschwitz) is visited by almost 500,000 people every year.
24. Around 10,000 convicted Nazi war criminals were imprisoned and 5000 were executed from 1945 to 1985.
25. Himmler, who was among the prime people behind the Holocaust, was captured at the end of the war by the British but he committed suicide before reaching the trials.
26. For long, after the world war was over, the allies kept on grappling whether to blame only the Nazi leaders or the whole Germany for the Holocaust.
27. Two Polish doctors saved the lives of 8,000 Jews by faking a typhoid outbreak.
28. 3.4 million Former Nazis were sentenced to punishment by U.S., Great Britain, and Russia after the war was over.
29. A film by the name of “The Eighty-First Blow” was released in 1991 and was made on the Holocaust survivors.
30. The mayor of Gotha and his wife toured the Ohrdruf concentration camp and hanged themselves after coming back home.
31. The American soldiers were also made to tour the Ohrdruf concentration camp so that they should clearly know what they are fighting against.
32. Various medical experiments were done on selected prisoners in the concentration camps which included exposing their bodies to high altitude and even freezing temperatures.
33. Some of the prisoners in the concentration camps were also made to undergo experiments with diseases like malaria and hepatitis.
34. The massacre of the Jews was publicly denounced by the western allies on December 17, 1942.
35. A nine-hour long film by the name of “Shoah by Claude Lanzmann” was made in 1985 and was solely on interviews of those people who visited Holocaust.
36. The Nazis always used code language in all the documents that were related to the Holocaust.
37. The final solution was the term used by the Nazis which used to refer to their plan to murder the Jews.
38. A boycott was announced on all Jewish-run businesses by the Nazis on April 1, 1933.
39. Jews were not allowed to enter certain parks.
40. A Jewish doctor could attend only a Jewish patient according to 1 of the anti-Jewish laws issued by the Nazis.