Before the war even began, Anti-semitism began to emerge and Hitler began the start of unleasing his plan to exterminate the race. When Jews were killed in gas chambers and burned, the term Holocaust, which literally meant destruction by fire, became the term for this terrible genocide. The Nazis were strategic and systematic in their ways of attempting to destroy a race. When Hitler incaded Poland, the largest Jewish population (about 3.35 million) were his victims. The Gestpo dealt strictly with the Jews under Hitler's orders. The Final Solution was the way to kill a mass amount of people in a short time by gasing them to death, and finishing touches of the this act was accomplished at the Wannsee Conference in January, 1942. This occured in concentration camps like Auschwitz. The people were separated from the strong and the weak and were either put to work or were murdered. Finally, by July 24, 1944 the Allies noticed what was happening at places like Auschwitz, and they became liberated. By the time the war was over, about 6 milliion Jews were killed and another 6 million killed because of other ethinic or racial backgrounds.
Historical Significance: The results of the Holocaust resulted in massive change. Millions of Jews and other ethinically diverse people died and it affecting people still to this day. The Holocaust is a well known tragedy that people all around the world recongize, especially Europeans still to this day. It showed how during this time, a genocide of this mass was able to occur without someone stepping in. It showed how one attitude of hate against a race can cause many others to feel the same way. We see this clearing in how the Nazis carried out Hitler's commands. If this event didn't occur in history, we wouldn't have been able to learn from the actions of Hitler in order to make sure this never happens again. Sadly, we still today see genocide and persecution of ethnic, religious and racial people in countries all over the world.