Holocaust: Somewhat inappropriate
received name for the murder of around 6 million Jews in the 2nd World
War. It is also referred to as the Shoah.
It has happened many
times before in human history that masses of men, women and children
were murdered for no other reason than their being supposedly of an
inferior race or creed.
What is special about the Holocaust are especially the very large
number of victims it produced in a short time (some three years:
1941-1944); the bureaucratic and systematically planned way of
murdering; the method of murdering, in concentration camps, with gas; and
the fact that it is rather well documented and researched.
One gathering of evidence of it is Laqueur Ed.'s "The