Historical Setting

The term Holocaust or the Hebrew equivalent Shoah (adapted from the Latin form of the Hebrew Ha'Shoah השואה meaning "slaughter"), is used to describe the genocide of approximately six million Jews during World War II as a result of the decision the Nazis made to exterminate them, known under the euphemism of "Final Solution of the Jewish question" (Endlösung der Judenfrage in German). *
* Adapted from Wikipedia.