holocaust : Common Errors in English

About holocaust

“Holocaust” is a Greek-derived translation of the Hebrew term olah,which denotes a sort of ritual sacrifice in which the food offered iscompletely burnt up rather than being merely dedicated to God and theneaten. It was applied with bitter irony by Jews to the destruction ofmillions of their number in the Nazi death camps. Although phrases like"nuclear holocaust” and “Cambodian holocaust” have become common, yourisk giving serious offense by using the word in less severecircumstances, such as calling a precipitous decline in stock prices a"sell-off holocaust."

holocaust Meaning(s)

  • (n) an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)
  • (n) the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945

holocaust in News

  1. Holocaust survivor speaks out about Nazi-led commander living in Minn.

    Paula Rubin survived the Holocaust in Poland and never heard the name Michael Karkoc until Friday's allegations were made public. Now, she wonders if he could have played a role in the deaths of her friends and relatives.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: FOX 9 News Twin Cities

  2. Holocaust Center, EMU host annual seminar for teachers

    The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus and Eastern Michigan University announced their Fourth Annual Summer Teacher Seminar to benefit current and prospective teachers and their students from Aug. 12-16.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: Farmington Observer

  3. Holocaust survivor responds to Karkoc case

    For Eva Gross, the Holocaust never feels far away; she sees it in the pictures of the family she lost and in the numbers still etched into her wrist.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul

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