What is "The Holocaust"?
Scholars have struggled to come to a consensus regarding what constitutes the most accurate definition of the Holocaust, but effective pedagogy demands that educators clearly define the term for their students. The Texas Liberator App adopts the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s definition: “The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.” The app acknowledges that the Nazis and their accomplices also employed the camps to commit genocide against many members of other victim groups. These groups include the Roma and Sinti, the disabled, Poles, Soviet Prisoners of War, communists, homosexuals, Catholic clergy, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Although not all victims died there, the Nazi camps were an integral and horrific component in the execution of these mass murders.