- May 8, 2017
- Posted by: Bunmi Eyiaro
- Category: Education
A war is a state or period of fighting between States or Nations. In this period, the armed forces are usually involved because they are trained for times like that and are trained to use arms and ammunition to protect their nation or state and fight the opposing group.
Here is a quick fact about a war that killed more people than any other war in history. It’s the World War II abbreviated WWII or WW2
- World War II was the most destructive conflict in history. It cost more money, damaged more property, killed more people, and caused more far-reaching changes than any other war in history.
- It is estimated that 1.5 million children died during the Holocaust. Approximately 1.2 million of them were Jewish and tens of thousands were Gypsies
Gypsies are believed to have arrived in Europe from northern India in the 1400s. They were called Gypsies because Europeans thought they came from Egypt. Most of the Gypsies in German-occupied Europe belonged to the Sinti and Roma tribes. The Sinti generally predominated in Germany and western Europe, and the Roma in Austria, eastern Europe, and the Balkans. The Sinti and Roma spoke dialects of a common language called Romani, based in Sanskrit, the classical language of India. The jewish are ethnoreligious group and nation originating from the Israelites or Hebrews of the Ancient Near East
- A man called Adolf Hitler viewed the Jewish race as a menial race of people that where below the pure bread German Aryan, this hatred eventually caused Hitler to try to exterminate the Jewish Race in what became known as the Holocaust
- The word Holocaust is from the Greek words “”holos” (whole) and “kaustos” (burned)”
- Dr. Josef Mengele (the “Angel of Death”) used about 3,000 twins, mostly Romany and Jewish children, for his painful genetic experiments. Only about 200 survived. His experiments included taking one twin’s eyeball and attaching it on the back of the other twin’s head or changing the eye color of children by injecting dye. In one instance, two Romany twins were sewn together in an attempt to create conjoined twins.
- The First Atomic Bomb ever made was created during WW2 by the Americans and was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb in a matter of seconds wiped out 90% of the city and killed 80,000 people. Three days later, another Atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki killing another 40,000.
- Many books and diaries have been published about Jews in Germany during WW2 and how they struggled. The most famous of these was the Diary of Anne Frank. Her diary has been translated into over 60 languages and is taught in schools worldwide. You should get one to know more about the war.
- The Nazis used “concentration camps” to hold millions of Jewish people where they would work and starve until they where “exterminated” in gas showers using a pesticide called Zyklon-B
- As many as 12,000 Jews were killed every day inside these concentration camps
- Most of the concentration camps where located in Poland, with the biggest ones being Belzec, Chelmno, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek and the biggest and most notorious of all concentration camps Auschwitz-Birkenau.
- Auschwitz Concentration Camp is responsible for the killing of over 2 million jews
- The world war lasted from 1939 to 1945
From this quick facts, which group of people suffered more in WWII? Yes, you are right the GYPIES and the JEWISH.
World War II was fought between the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania & Yugoslovia) and the Allied Powers (Britain, United States, Soviet Union, France).
Axis power is a group of nations that opposed the Allied powers in World War II. The Axis powers were led by Nazi Germany. While the Allied power is a group of nations that allied against the Central Powers of Europe during World War I.
Major Players in WWII:
Germany – Adolf Hitler, Der Furher
Japan – Admiral Hideki Tojo, Prime Minister
Italy – Benito Mussolini, Prime Minister
United States – Franklin D. Roosevelt, President
Great Britain – Winston Churchill, Prime Minister
China – Chiang Kai-Shek, General
Soviet Union – Joseph Stalin, General
You can click on this link http://www.ducksters.com/history/world_war_ii/ to learn more about WWII and test your knowledge with a World War II crossword puzzle or Word search
Source: CNN, Scholastic, Ducksters, random history
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