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The Holocaust is the common name used to refer to the mass-exterminations of minorities in Europe during World War II. The overwhelming majority of the exterminations targeted Jews, but other minorities were also selected for extermination as part of "the cleaning" process.
Many groups and individuals have questioned the scale of the Holocaust, claiming either that it never happened or (more commonly) that it was significantly exaggerated in scope.
Exterminations, by group
- Jews: ~6,000,000 (estimates range from 5 to 7 million, based in part on Nazi records)
- Sinti and Roma: ~220,000 (estimates as high as 800,000, or about half their European population at the time)
- Poles (6 million killed, of whom 3 million were Christian, and the rest Jewish)
- Serbs (estimates vary between 500,000 and 1.2 million killed, mostly by Croat Ustaše)
- Soviet military prisoners of war and civilians in occupied territories including Russians and other East Slavs
- the mentally or physically disabled
- Jehovah's Witnesses
- political dissidents
- trade unionists
- Eastern Christians
- Catholic and Protestant clergy
- 2006-12-11 International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust
- Former Louisiana State Representative and one-time Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke gave a speech in which he said: "In Europe you can freely question, ridicule and deny Jesus Christ." "The same is true for the prophet Muhammad, and nothing will happen to you. But offer a single question of the smallest part of the Holocaust and you face prison." The statement about Muhammad is plainly untrue in view of the 2006 Mohammed image riots.
- THE LOW POST: An Undeniable Embarrassment "W is checkmated by Ahmadinejad – and there's never been a more embarrassing time to be an American" by Matt Taibbi
It is apparently a myth that schools in England are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, although I have no references yet other than this. This assertion is, however, widely repeated by neoconservatives.