Nederlands Holocaust in Europe

Mass murder


"In mid March 1942, some 75 to 80 percent of all the victims of the holocaust were still alive, while 20 to 25 percent had perished. A mere eleven months later, in mid-February 1943, the percentages were exactly the reverse. At the core of the holocaust was a short, intense wave of mass murder. The center of gravity of this mass murder was Poland, where in March 1942, despite two and a half years of terrible hardship, deprivation, and persecution, every major Jewish community was still intact,  and  where eleven months later only the remnants of Polish Jewry survived in a few ghettos and labour camps. In short, the German attack on the Jews of Poland was not a gradual or incremental program stretched over a long period of time, but a veritable Blitzkrieg (...)."

Christopher Browning in: Ordinary Men: A Forgotten Chapter from the Persecution of Jews). (1993)

mass murder
perpetrators and victims
after 1945
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