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The central theme and dominant feature of the graphic text is the Nazi-perpetrated Holocaust, the genocide of Jews and other minority groups of Europe and North Africa. The most-commonly cited figure for the number of Jewish victims murdered is six million, though estimates range from five to seven million. In addition, millions of other minorities were also murdered. Roughly three million of the Jewish victims were Poles; an additional three million non-Jewish Poles were also murdered. The Holocaust is sometimes defined as limited to the genocide of the Jews but many consider it to include the mass genocide of all targeted groups. Thus the most inclusive definition places the total number of Holocaust victims at nine to eleven million with some estimates as high as twenty-six million.

The Holocaust was characterized by a systematic attempt to efficiently assemble and murder as many people as possible. All of...

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