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Fort Campbell -- Speaker recounts Holocaust

by Sgt. William Battle, 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell | June 2, 2014

The word “holocaust” has its origins in Greek, meaning “sacrifice by fire.” However, it has come to refer to one of the darkest times in world history. From 1942 until 1945, Nazi Germany sponsored its “Final Solution,” which was the systematic eradication of all the Jewish people in Europe. Aside from the 6 million Jews that lost their lives during the Holocaust, the list of those executed by the Nazis included millions of others, including Gypsies, the mentally ill, persons with disabilities, homosexuals and anyone else the state deemed “inferior.” John Foley, curator of the Don F. Pratt Museum, said, “The Holocaust was one of the darkest chapters in man’s inhumanity to man.” Seeing the museum’s World War II collection of photographs and stories gives a glimpse of what the experience of fighting in the war was like for Soldiers, including the 101st Airborne Division, during their liberation of the death camp at Dachau.

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