The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.
During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived "racial inferiority": Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals.
Holocaust Education Week: November 9 -13, 2020
PBSC Students, Faculty & Staff: Use the hashtags #HolocaustEducationWeek & #pbscstatecollege on Instagram to share in six words what the Holocaust means to you.
In honor of Florida's Holocaust Education Week, we hope to foster a greater understanding of the Holocaust, its relevance in history, and its continuing impact today.
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