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The genocide of the Jews of Europe: The Holocaust


The word Holocaust (from Greek ‘holos’ meaning ‘complete’ and ‘kaustos’ meaning ‘burned’) has become the preferred name for the Nazis’ systematic genocide of some six million Jews during World War II. The Nazis themselves used the euphemism ‘the Final Solution of the Jewish Question’, while ‘Shoah’ is the contemporary Jewish-Hebrew name for the catastrophe. The Nazi race policy did not only hit the Jews. Besides the over 6 million Jewish victims, between 100,000-200,000 gypsies were persecuted and murdered.


40 Questions, 40 Answers
 


Have Jews and Muslims always been each other's enemies? Did Jews live better in the past under Islam than under Christianity? What does Islam say about Jews? Why should the Palestinians, who had nothing to do with the Holocaust, pay the price for it? Is there a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world? “40 Questions, 40 Answers” offers brief answers to frequently asked questions, mainly by Muslims, about all issues related to Jews, their past and their present.


Muslims and Jews in History


The historical interaction of Judaism and Islam started in the seventh century with the origin and spread of Islam in the Arabian peninsula. Judaism and Islam share a common origin in the Middle East through Abraham, and there are many shared aspects between the two religions in their fundamental religious outlook, structure, jurisprudence and practice. At the heart of the two faiths is a monotheistic vision which resists any compromise on the idea of the transcendence and unity of God who is envisaged as just and merciful ...


Who are the Jews ?
 


We all have our prejudices, our presumptions, our mental collection of hearsay, rumours, myths, and stereotypes. But how much does a Muslim, an educated one even, know about Judaism and the Jews? And how much does an equally well-educated Jew know about Islam and Muslims?