Random Fact #9: World War 2

  • In all, the Allied Forces had about 16 million military deaths and at least 14 million civilian deaths.
  • In all, the Axis powers had about 8 million military deaths and at least 4 million civilian death( not including those who died in the Holocaust).
  • At least 17 million people were victims of Nazi persecution.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was the president of the U.S.A. during WW2.
  • Nazi’s also targeted Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, disabled people, the elderly, and Roma in the Holocaust.
  • The Americans officially joined the war in December 7, 1941.
  • Many Jews often dyed their hair to avoid being sent to die because they were “to old”.
  • Prisoners in concentration camps also used beet juice and even their own blood to give themselves a more healthy appearance because they often were a very sickly pale complexion.
  • Auschwitz–Birkenau camp had the highest death count at 1,100,000 deaths.
  • When the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet troops most of the prisoners were ill or dying.
  • One of the Russian officers who helped with the liberating of Auschwitz said, “I realized that they were prisoners and not workers so I called out, “You are free, come out!”. (Learn more about the liberation of Auschwitz)
  • There are many memorials honoring those who lost their lived in the war all across Europe: like in Germany, Washington DC, Poland, Japan, Italy, Russia, England and France to name a few. (Some memorial sites) (more sites)

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