20 Shocking Facts About Holocaust & The Horrors Behind It

1Dwight D. Eisenhower

In 1945, Dwight D. Eisenhower predicted that people would try to dispel the holocaust as a falsehood, and ordered innumerable pictures to be taken of the Nazi crimes to hinder any such attempts.


2Eduardo Propper DE Callejon

English actress Helena Bonham Carter's maternal grandfather Eduardo Propper DE Callejon saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust during World War 2.


3Avengers

After World War 2, a group of Jewish group who named themselves “Avengers” formulated a Holocaust revenge plan to kill 6 million Germans by poisoning the water supply of many German cities. However, the plan was foiled by British police while the poison was in transit.


4Sonderkommando photographs

Sonderkommando photographs are four blurred photographs which were taken secretly in August 1944 by an inmate in Auschwitz. They are the only ones known to exist of events around the gas chambers.


5Robert Desnos

When surrealist poet Robert Desnos started reading palms of fellow prisoners on their way to the Nazi gas chambers, his excitement was so contagious as he predicted longevity, more children, and abundant joy that the guards were unable to go through with the executions.


6Holocaust denial

Holocaust denial is illegal in 16 countries, in particular, Hungary, where it is punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment.


7Chocolates

Some Holocaust survivors died within their first week of freedom due to overeating chocolates and sweets given to them by liberating soldiers.


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8Heinz Heydrich

Heinz Heydrich, brother of SS General Reinhard Heydrich (a main architect of the Holocaust), helped Jews escape the Holocaust after reading his brother's SS and Gestapo files after Reinhard's death.


9Tibor Rubin

A Hungarian Jew named who survived Mathausen concentration camp enlisted in the U.S. Army. During the Korean War he was deliberately given dangerous assignments by an anti-Semitic sergeant and was later taken P.O.W. For 30 months he kept himself and his unit alive by sneaking out and stealing food, a skill he learned while in the German concentration camp.


10Stella Kübler

During the Holocaust, a Jewish woman named Stella Kübler exposed between 600 and 3000 hiding Jews to the Gestapo to prevent her family from being sent to a concentration camp. Even after the Nazis sent her parents and husband to Auschwitz anyway in 1943, she continued to work for the Gestapo until 1945.

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