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Genocide of the European Jews by Nazi Germany and other groups

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The Holocaust: Genocide of the European Jews by Nazi Germany and other groups
The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was a genocide of the European Jews during World War II. Between 1941 and 1945, across German-occupied Europe, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some six million Jews, around two-thirds of Europe's Jewish population. The murders were carried out in pogroms and mass shootings; by a policy of extermination through work in concentration camps; and in gas chambers and gas vans in German extermination camps, chiefly Auschwitz, Bełżec, Chełmno, Majdanek, Sobibór, and Treblinka in occupied Poland.

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The loneliness of the long-distance Holocaust survivor [Video]

The loneliness of the long-distance Holocaust survivor

Survivors of the Holocaust, like many other elderly people, have been confined to their homes in recent weeks as part of shielding measures. Many have been alone in isolation cut off from their usual..

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Spanish carnival troupe apologizes over Holocaust-themed parade

A Spanish carnival troupe whose Holocaust-themed parade outraged Jewish human rights groups and Israel's embassy in Madrid has canceled its remaining shows, organizers said on Wednesday.
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Greta Beer, Who Fought Swiss Banks for Family Assets, Dies at 98

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