Holocaust

Main

Kristallnacht

November 1938

"Night of Broken Glass" Germans went through Germany destroying Jewish housing, businesses, and synagogue

Targets

1940

German's focused killing Jews, Catholics, etc.

Auschwitz

January 25, 1940

The town, Auschwitz, in Poland is chosen as the location for a new concentration camp.

Labor

March 7, 1941

German Jews are forced into labor.

Final Solution

January 1942

The "Final Solution" is created and it's purpose is to exterminate all Jews.

Deportation

March 24, 1942

Start of deportation of Jews to Auschwitz

Use of Extermination Camps

March 24, 1942 - October 30, 1944

Star of David

June 1942

Jews are forced into wearing the Star of David.

Gas chambers

July 17, 1942

Auschwitz is inspected, and 4 gas chambers are built to increase extermination rate.

Death count

December 1942

A total of 2.7 million Jews were killed.

Balkans

1943

Exterminations extended to the Balkans, 40,000 were shot a day, and works camps are made. There people died of starvation, disease, and more.

Castration

December 16, 1943

Auschwitz has reported to have completed 106 castrations.

Auschwitz

October 30, 1944

Last use of the gas chambers.

Destruction of Gas Chambers

November 25, 1944

Himmler orders the destruction of the gas chambers.

Evac

December, 1944

Jews are evacuated from camps, forced to take "death marches" aimlessly. Many died throughout Europe.

Allies

1945

The Allies begin liberating camps, freeing the Jews.

Liberation

January 27, 1945

Russian's liberate the extermination camp, Auschwitz. About 1.5- 2 million jews have been killed in Auschwitz.

Freedom

June, 1945

Jews are sent to Displaced Persons camps. There they look for homes, or they return to their previous homes.