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Ten Words That Describe the Holocaust

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Ten Words That Describe the Holocaust
The Holocaust
Here are some key words that describe the Holocaust…
worry
"I did not know what to do, but before I could decide, Willy took off, running in the direction of the railroad station. After a moment's hesitation, I bolted after him."
-"Children of the Holocaust: My First Kaddish"
suffering
"[Our parents'] own ordeal and terror, their grief at the loss of so many cherished family members, their long and mournful separation from us, all had emotionally weakened them."
-"Children of the Holocaust: Beyond Secret Tears"
deadly
"I was riveted to my father's deathbed. My hands hurt, I was clenching them so hard. Oh, to strangle the doctor and the others! To burn the whole world! My father's murderers!"
-"Night"
violent
"Behind me, an old man fell to the ground. Near him was an SS man, putting a revolver back in its holster."
-"Night"
sorrow
"Only yesterday I kidded around with him. Now he lay dead, his head piercing through the wagon's side spindles."
-"Children of the Holocaust: My First Kaddish"
darkness
"In a few minutes we were all in rows, by blocks. Night had fallen. Everything was in order, according to the prearranged plan."
-"Night"
cruelty
"[Pawelek] was only 3 years old, and he cried a lot. Mommy was very upset because she was afraid that someone would hear us. Once, a man who was hiding with us got so angry at Pawelek that he pointed a gun at him."
-"Children of the Holocaust: Krystyna"
horrific
"I saw the blue stains of Zylon B streaking the ceilings and walls, the poison used to kill the people who were crushed into this tiny, gray cement room."
-"Walking with Living Feet"
starvation
"In my pocket I had two pieces of bread. With how much pleasure could I have eaten them! But I was not allowed to. Not yet."
-"Night"
evil
"When we arrived at our destination, a hideous scene unfolded: in a tremendous pit, bodies floated in a sea of blood. The Germans were gone but the pit was guarded by the Ukrainian militia."
-"Children of the Holocaust: My First Kaddish"
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