How long did the Holocaust last?


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The Holocaust unofficially began on January 30, 1933, and ended on May 8, 1945. The Holocaust's beginning is often linked to when Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. As a result of the Holocaust, 6 million Jews would die at the hands of Nazi oppressors by the war's end.

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The Holocaust continued until the end of World War II when German armed forces surrendered to the Allied forces. During the final months of the war, camp inmates were forced to go on death marches as a way to prevent the Allies from liberating them. At the end of the Holocaust, some of the surviving Jews found shelter in displaced person camps administrated by the Allied powers. Approximately 700,000 Jewish survivors emigrated to Israel between 1948 and 1951.

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