- The Holocaust was a genocide involving the state-sponsored systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Six million Jews were murdered, as well as millions of non-Jews, including Roma/Sinti, people with disabilities, Slavic peoples (especially Poles and Russians), gay men, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others for political and ideological reasons.
- The Holocaust, like other genocides, was fueled by prejudice, hatred and intolerance.
- The Holocaust could not have occurred – or could not have occurred at this scale – if people would have protested, resisted, or otherwise opposed Hitler and the Nazi Party.
- Every person – young and old – has a voice. Every person has the power to speak out against hatred, prejudice and intolerance and, in so doing, can help make the world more inclusive for all.
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citizens in a pluralistic democracy." – Washington State Holocaust Education Bill - RCW 28A.300.115