Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is January 9th, 2007, I’m Rochester, and I am here to discuss the Holocaust.
Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27th, the date in which the concentration camp, Auschwitz, was liberated. That is why today we are learning about the Holocaust.
The word “holocaust” means to completely destroy with fire, which in this case would make sense. The Nazis killed mainly Jewish people in Gas Chambers. During what is known as the Holocaust, two-thirds of the population of Jews were killed. That was 6 million Jews at the time.
To kill the Jews, the Nazis did terrible things. Some of the officers would do medical experiments without pain medicine. One woman looked after 50 sets of twins and remembered this:
“I remember one set of twins in particular: Guido and Ina, aged about four. One day, Mengele took them away. When they returned, they were in a terrible state: they had been sewn together, back to back, like Siamese twins. Their wounds were infected and oozing pus. They screamed day and night. Then their parents—I remember the mother’s name was Stella—managed to get some morphine and they killed the children in order to end their suffering.”
The Nazis said they had a “final solution” for the Jews. They would kill them.
The extermination camps were where the Nazis would send the Jews and kill them in gas chambers, medical experiments, and other cruel things. The extermination camps and death tolls are listed below.
- Auschwitz II- 1,400,000
- Belzec- 600,000
- Chelmno- 320,000
- Jasenovac- 600,000
- Majdanek- 360,000
- Maly Trostinets- 65,000
- Sobibor- 250,000
- Terblinka- 870,000
As you see above, the numbers are incredible. If you were a Jew at the time of the Holocaust, what would you do? Would you try to escape? Would you just sit there and die? Leave us a comment and express your opinion!
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