Literature Holocaust Vocab

Holocaust
term used to refer to the extermination of Jews from 1933-1945

Nazi
acronym used for national socialist German workers party

Juden
German word used for Jew

Genocide
elimination of a nation of people

Anti-Semitism
persecution of the Jewish people

Deportation
forced removal of the Jewish people to the concentration camps

Selection
procedure used in the camps to determine who will live and who will die

Gestapo
Hitlers secret police force

Yellow Star
the cloth Star of David that Jews had to sew on their clothing

Death Marches
forced marches to keep prisoners from being liberated

Crematorium
the building that houses the ovens for dead bodies

Ghetto
a section of a city/town in which Jews were forced to live

Concentration Camps
a place where political prisoners are kept and it is a work camp

Euthanasia
the act of “mercy killing” the elderly, handicapped, or infants

Aryan
superior race, (blonde hair, blue eyed, muscular)

Zyklon-B
the chemical used to gas the Jews in the camp

Scape Goat
an innocent person who is blamed for the wrong of doing others

Prejudice
hatred based on an unfounded attitude towards someone

Final Solution
Nazi term for the annihilation of the Jewish people

Death Camps
Nazi centers for death and murder