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When did the allies find out about the killing of Jews during WW2

Information regarding mass murders of Jews began to reach the Allied leadership soon after the invasion of the Soviet Union in late June 1941. The volume of those reports increased with time. This was ...
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Why were so many more Jewish men than Jewish women killed during the Holocaust?

Short Answer There is no straightforward answer here. Some factors aided the survival of women, others the survival of men, but it is plausible that those factors favouring women outweighed those ...
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When did the allies find out about the killing of Jews during WW2

I want to offer a personal perspective: I am German. I learned about the Holocaust in school. I visited concentration camps. I have friends who lost family in concentration camps. I watched ...
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Is it true that Germans in World War 2 did not suffer punishment for refusing genocidal orders?

This matter is entangled with one of the disputes within Holocaust studies, although it isn't the point of the dispute. That began with Christopher Browning's book Ordinary Men (1992), which is a ...
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How were concentration and extermination camp guards recruited?

Short answer – it was less "hiring" and more "drafting". No pre-screening happened that I could find evidence of (well, except for the general "has to be a good Nazi" principle, which might count ...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

Theoretically, yes they were. The first law against Holocaust denial in Germany was passed in 1960, some time after the Nuremberg trials had taken place. As tall an order as it may have been for ...
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When did the allies find out about the killing of Jews during WW2

Like this Swedish front page from December 18, 1942 it was known. The headline says "Planer på att utrota judarna förverkligas" (Plans to exterminate the Jews put into action). It speaks of hundreds ...
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What was the state of the German rail system in 1944?

Could an SS officer get from Auschwitz to Berlin by train in July/August/September 1944? Yes. Per the many comments to your question they'd repair the rails as they'd get destroyed. Trains might get ...
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Nuremberg Laws - Did they affect existing marriages between Jews and Non-Jews?

It is very rare for new laws to apply retroactively, even Hitler's Nuremberg Laws. In this case, the prohibition of mixed marriages did not apply to couples who were already married. However, as the ...
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Why were so many more Jewish men than Jewish women killed during the Holocaust?

The numbers cited are not an adequate basis on which to estimate the relative numbers of men and women who were killed. The "2 million" figure referred to in the referenced Wikipedia article is ...
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Why didn't Soviet Jews flee east ahead of the advancing Nazis?

Short answer - they tried and many (although not the majority) did. Moishe Cohen is partly right in his answer - population movement in USSR was more restricted than in contemporary Europe, and even ...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

Edit: Yes, they could have denied it if they'd wanted to - there was no law against it at the time - but none of them did in their defences to the charges. Using a defence that can readily be ...
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What publication claimed that Michael Jackson died in a nuclear holocaust?

The headline (or more specifically, a variation thereof) was used on the debut edition of the Post New York Post, a satirical take on the New York Post by Robert Vare and the same crew of satirists ...
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What publication claimed that Michael Jackson died in a nuclear holocaust?

As Denis de Bernardy found the 'newspaper' alluded to by Finkelstein was the November issue of the 'Post New York Post'. The headline didn't talk about 'a holocaust', nuclear or otherwise. The paper ...
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Why were so many more Jewish men than Jewish women killed during the Holocaust?

This is not an answer but is too long for a comment. Here is what the Yad Vashem, a Holocaust Museum in Israel, says about the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust: There is no precise figure ...
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Why was an SS commander dismissed and charged for the mistreatment of Jewish prisoners?

He was stealing the Jews' property, which belonged to the state, which in practice meant the SS. That meant he was showing obvious corruption, in an organisation that tried very hard to present an ...
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Why didn't Soviet Jews flee east ahead of the advancing Nazis?

I do not have time to write a full-scale answer, the following is an outline: If you are a Jew who lives, say, in Riga, in Summer of 1941 and tries to get as far East as possible away from the ...
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Why didn't Soviet Jews flee east ahead of the advancing Nazis?

Moishe explained why the Jews could not escape. I will try to explain why some of them would not even try. The first hand experience most people in the Western part of the USSR had with Germans was ...
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How did Nazi concentration camp staff deal with survivors of gassings?

The general question is unanswerable for all cases. It is also too unspecific regarding the timeframe. The policies and purposes for all such camps changed over time. A concentration camp was operated ...
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How much were Jews allowed to take with them from Nazi Germany?

Is this indeed a discrepancy, or am I misunderstanding the article? You are misunderstanding the situation, since the article is mixing multiple laws that changed over time. Currency restrictions (...
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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?

Yes, they were able to deny the Holocaust. First every party was asked before the trial if they consider themselves guilty or innocent and everyone declared himself innocent. Julius Streicher, who ...
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How did people die in Nazi extermination camps?

The 1 million figure quoted in the figure only relates to the use of Zyklon B at the gas chambers installed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and other extermination camps. Einsatzgruppen killed over 2 ...
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Why was an SS commander dismissed and charged for the mistreatment of Jewish prisoners?

There is a certain amount of logic based on incomplete data at work here. The Wikipedia article has this phrased rather unlucky. It seems that two trials against Göth are mixed up here. This in part ...
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What was the state of the German rail system in 1944?

In August/September 1944, the German rail system was working reasonably well. It was heavily loaded, and sometimes damaged by bombing. However, the Western allies weren't doing much bombing east of ...
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Did Nazi party members request exemption for their pre-war Jewish acquaintances?

This is known to have happened sometimes. From the Führer: Hitler no longer appreciated the scale of these exceptional requests. As early as 14 January 1939 he criticised the numerous applications ...
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Why do people refuse to acknowledge the Holocaust?

One of my uncles was an intelligence officer assigned to evaluate and document the camps. He also took pictures for his private albums. He retired after 30 years as a colonel, and would offer to ...
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Nuremberg Laws - Did they affect existing marriages between Jews and Non-Jews?

Yes, they did, in an "indirect" way. This was particularly true after a 1938 supplement made the Jewish partner's racial status grounds for divorce by itself. That is, the laws were designed to allow,...
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