The term ‘Holocaust’ is now commonly used to describe the attempt by the Nazi regime to exterminate all of Europe’s Jews between 1933 and 1945.1 Under Adolf Hitler’s rule, approximately six million Jews were murdered. Although there are whole libraries full of detailed studies and articles examining just about every conceivable aspect of the Holocaust, we still do not know the exact date when the German government decided to murder the Jews, how that decision was made or who made it. Some historians have recently suggested that the Soviet labour camps of Stalin’s communist regime are on a par with or even worse than Nazi genocide during the Second World War. But it is emphasised in this study that the government-directed and bureaucratically organised attempt by the Nazi regime to annihilate all Jews in Europe still makes the Holocaust the most far-reaching act of genocide so far attempted.
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