20 Shocking Facts About Holocaust & The Horrors Behind It

11Pregnant

Pregnant women in Auschwitz were told they would receive double portions of food but were sent to gas chambers instead.


12Irena Sendler

Polish social worker Irena Sendler smuggled approximately 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and shelter outside the Ghetto, saving those children from the Holocaust.


13Belarus Holocaust

The Holocaust in Belarus killed up to 40% of its population. 100,000 Jews lived in the Minsk ghetto, with 1.5 meters of allotted space each and none for children. The Nazis planned to kill 75% of Belorussians and those with blonde hair/blue eyes would be allowed to live as slaves for Germans.


14Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin contains an anti-graffiti chemical, which turned out to be manufactured by the same company that made the Zyklonn B gas used in concentration camp gas chambers during World War 2.


15Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the first of its kind in the United States was formed in 1961 by a group of Holocaust survivors who met during ESL classes at Hollywood High School. Their personal artifacts, photographs, and memories became the museum's initial primary collection.


16Gas chambers

The screams of those being gassed during the Holocaust were so disturbing that in order to stifle them, SS Officers would rev motorcycles. This proved to be futile, so they built gas chambers offsite.


17Treblinka gas chambers

Treblinka gas chambers were so overcrowded that the bodies of the victims were found standing and kneeling rather than lying down.


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18Mila Pfefferberg

When Holocaust survivor Mila Pfefferberg (from second left in the figure) was introduced to Ralph Fiennes on the set of 'Schindler's List', she began shaking uncontrollably, as he reminded her too much of the real Amon Goeth.


19Salamo Arouch

There was a Jewish boxer named Salamo Arouch imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners. The losers of the fight were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived more than 2 years and 200 fights, eventually being released when the camp was liberated.


20Trial

Jews put God on trial during the Holocaust, and found him guilty.

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