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Several of them disputed the figure of six million Jewish deaths in the Holocaust.
However, Brunner was not the only perpetrator of the Holocaust mooching around the streets of the Syrian capital.
That word “denialism” is particularly profane, with its unsubtle invocation of the Holocaust.Why It Was Right to Question Rolling Stone’s U-VA Rape Story|Michael Moynihan|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Belzberg had grown up learning about WWII and visiting Holocaust museums since she was a young girl.
In a candid interview, she compares the brutality of life in North Korea to the Holocaust.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Abraham said: God will provide himself a victim for an holocaust, my son.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
He thought apparently that this holocaust shed some lustre on these unfortunate princes, for he accorded to them a State funeral.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay|Lord Eversley
I gripped my head with both hands, and, for the hundredth time, sought the truth that lay buried in the holocaust of the nations….The Blower of Bubbles|Arthur Beverley Baxter
But the holocaust to strategy resulted in humiliating the North and in heaping glory on the Southern leaders.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862|Adam Gurowski
One of that now hated race would figure herein at his own holocaust.A Veldt Official|Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for holocaust
Word Origin for holocaust
Word Origin and History for holocaust
mid-13c., "sacrifice by fire, burnt offering," from Greek holokauston "a thing wholly burnt," neuter of holokaustos "burned whole," from holos "whole" (see holo-) + kaustos, verbal adjective of kaiein "to burn." Originally a Bible word for "burnt offerings," given wider sense of "massacre, destruction of a large number of persons" from 1833. The Holocaust "Nazi genocide of European Jews in World War II," first recorded 1957, earlier known in Hebrew as Shoah "catastrophe." The word itself was used in English in reference to Hitler's Jewish policies from 1942, but not as a proper name for them.
Auschwitz makes all too clear the principle that the human psyche can create meaning out of anything. [Robert Jay Lifton, "The Nazi Doctors"]
Culture definitions for holocaust
The killing of some six million Jews (see also Jews) by the Nazis during World War II. To the Nazis, the Holocaust was the “Final Solution” to the “Jewish problem,” and would help them establish a pure German master race. Much of the killing took place in concentration camps, such as Auschwitz and Dachau. (See Adolf Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler.)