The roots of the Holocaust
reach far back into history, to the origins of antisemitism
itself. But the historical events that directly preceded the Nazis'
program to destroy Europe's Jews began with the end of the First
World War. Here, as a starting point, is a brief summary of the
cataclysm that destroyed nearly six million Jews before their killers
were finally stopped at the end of the Second World War
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