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See also: holocaust
- (historical, narrowly) The systematic mass murder (genocide) of 6 million Jews perpetrated by Nazi Germany shortly before and during World War II.
- (historical, broadly) The systematic mass murder (democide) of 11 million people, namely 6 million Jews and 5 million Romanis, Slavs, homosexuals, and others, perpetrated by Nazi Germany shortly before and during World War II.
- For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.
- Whether the term "Holocaust" is a designation for the mass murder of 11 million people or only for the genocide of 6 million Jews is hotly contested.
- The genocide of the European Jews may be unambiguously referred to as the Shoah. The genocide of the Romani people has the specific designation Porajmos.
- For more information on the origin and early uses of the term holocaust, see the usage note about holocaust.
- (mass murder of 6 million Jews): Shoah
- (mass murder of 6 million Jews): holocaust, genocide, mass murder
- (mass murder of 11 million people): holocaust, democide, mass murder
- (mass murder of 6 million Jews): Porajmos (the genocide of the Roma)
the mass murder of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany
the mass murder of 11 million people by Nazi Germany
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- ^ see e.g. Edward T. Linenthal, Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum (Columbia University Press; 15 October 2001; ISBN-10: 0231124074; ISBN-13: 978-0231124072)
- IPA(key): /ˈhoːloˌkaʊ̯st/, IPA(key): /ˌholoˈkaʊ̯st/
- (anglicised pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɔləˌkɔːst/