Defining the Destruction Quiz

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  1. Why do some consider the term “Holocaust” problematic?1

    Several terms are used to describe the Nazi attempt to destroy the Jews of Europe; in English the most commonly used term is “Holocaust.” Why do some people consider this term inappropriate?

  2. Why should this event have its own name?1

    The atrocities of war are, unfortunately, as old as human history. Why should the Nazi attempt to destroy European Jewry have an unique name? In other words, what makes the Holocaust unique?

  3. When did the Holocaust begin?1

    World War II and the Holocaust are overlapping but not necessarily identical historical phenomena. What years would be reasonable starting dates to describe the beginning of the Holocaust?

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