The Holocaust (Shoah) was a unique event in 20th century history. It evolved slowly between 1933 and 1945. It began with discrimination; then the Jews were separated from their communities and persecuted; and finally they were treated as less than human beings and murdered.
During the Second World War the Nazis sought to murder the entire Jewish population of Europe and to destroy its culture. In 1941 there were about 11 million Jews living in Europe; by May 1945 the Nazis had murdered six million of them. One-and-a-half million of these were children.
Are you planning a Holocaust novel for your class? Need some background information before you begin? This timeline depicts the Holocaust and how it unfolds during World War II. There are rich links to click that will further your understanding on some not so known terms. This timeline can easily be transported to your classroom and kept alongside your novel as you read it with the class. It highlights important parts of this event that novels usually don't expand on. Be ready and prepared for you next Jewish History adventure!
JEWISH HERITAGE NOVELS AND ACTIVITIES
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