My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.
Today’s disaster is...
KILLINGS (massacres) most certainly are a disaster...a manmade disaster.
The Holocaust is the largest genocide of the 20th century, which claimed the lives of approximately 6 million Jews at the hands of the Nazi regime led by Adolf Hitler. Gypsies, Poles, communists, homosexuals, Soviet POWs, and the mentally and physically disabled were also victims, bringing the total number of causalities to about 11 million.
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FACT: Out of those numbers, 1 million made up Jewish children.
Concentration camps were set up following the start of World War II in 1939. Horrifying acts occurred in these camps including starvation, diseases, mass shootings and gas chamber deaths.
FACT: Anne Frank died a few weeks before British troops liberated the camp where she was held with her sister, Margot, who died a few days before Anne.
Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. On December 7, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted an airstrike against the United States naval base located at Pearl Harbor. The attack, which damaged all eight of the U.S. Navy battleships in the harbor (sinking four of them), destroyed 188 U.S. aircrafts, and killed over 2,400 Americans, led the United States to enter World War II.
RIP to all who lost their lives in these horrifying events, and the ones not mentioned here. (9/11, school shootings (Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook), Salem Witch Trials, Vietnam War, etc.)
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