Krakow A German police officer examines the identification papers of Jews in the Krakow ghetto, circa 1941.
Introduction
The Nazi reign of terror lasted from 1933 to 1945, a time when mounting affronts to Europe's Jews, Gypsies, and others gave way to the most unspeakable atrocities. Using well-documented facts and contemporary photographs, this timeline chronicles that tragic period in world history. Click on any year above to get a detailed history. Caution: Many photographs in this feature are disturbing and may not be suitable for all ages.



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Adapted with permission from the Web site of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (www.us-israel.org). Thanks to Dr. Paul Bookbinder of Harvard University for reviewing this timeline. All images in this feature are courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives.


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