Examining the relationship between the Nazis and Jews, the motivation behind the holocaust and the experiences of those who survived it. For more information on concentration camps see the Auschwitz landing page.
Holocaust | 12th December 1941
In an important speech to the Nazi leadership – both Gauleiter and Reichleiter – Hitler linked the outbreak of this new ‘world war’ with a ‘prophecy’ he had given in January 1939 about the fate of the Jews. Click here to read more in 'Hitler talks of Jewish 'annihilation''.
Western Front | 1st August 1944
At 5pm on 1 August the commander of the Polish Home Army of resistance ordered an uprising to take place in Warsaw. The fight would be horrific, with the Germans committing many atrocities. Click here to read more in 'Warsaw uprising begins'.
Holocaust | October 1941
In the middle of September, Hitler authorized that German Jews should be deported east. These forced deportations began in October. Click here to read more in 'German Jews deported'.
Holocaust | November 1939
What was the attitude of the Nazis towards the Jews? Part One
German Jews were persecuted from the moment the Nazis came to power in 1933. But the German invasion of Poland resulted in a radicalization of Nazi persecution. Click here to read more in 'The Nazis and the Jews: Part One'.
Holocaust | July 1941
What was the attitude of the Nazis towards the Jews? Part Two
Within weeks of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union special killing squads were murdering whole Jewish families - and the Jews of Europe were now under greater threat. Click here to read more in 'The Nazis and the Jews: Part Two'.
Holocaust | December 1941
What was Hitler’s role in the Holocaust?
An examination of Hitler’s contribution to the extermination of the Jews. Click here to read more in 'Hitler and the Holocaust'.
Holocaust | October 1942
What was the mentality of the perpetrators?
1942 was the year in which the Nazis killed the largest number of Jews. And by the autumn the death factories of the Holocaust were working with murderous efficiency. What sort of people could create this hell on earth? Click here to read more in 'Mentality of the perpetrators'.
Holocaust | 1st September 1939
Around 3,000 Einsatzgruppen (special task forces) entered Poland in the wake of the German Army. These troops – drawn from the German Security forces – were ordered to destroy ‘anti-German’ elements in occupied Poland. Click here to read more in 'Einsatzgruppen operate in Poland'.
Holocaust | 22nd June 1941
Around 3,000 Germans in four Einsatzgruppen (task groups) entered the Soviet Union immediately behind the front line troops. They were told to kill Communist functionaries, selected Jews, and others who posed a ‘threat’ to Nazi rule. Click here to read more in 'Einsatzgruppen killing squads start'.