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About this Site – Timelines, or chronologies, can be very useful and convenient things. They can be seen as graphs illustrating sequences of events and presenting a view of the Big Picture. They can be used as a table of contents to something or someone with each entry serving as a jumping off point for further research. But because of their nature, timelines should not be seen as the end of research on a topic. Indeed like all information sources on the internet, or anywhere else for that matter, one should maintain an open mind and seek confirmation from multiple sources.

As it is my intention to periodically add material, I do not consider this document to be complete or, despite careful research, one hundred percent without error.

My great hope is that this Holocaust timeline, with its many links to detailed documents, will serve as a useful tool and provoke further investigation into this tremendously complex and horrific period of history.
I have chosen to begin this timeline with the joining of Adolf Hitler and a tiny political party that would soon become the Nazi Party. While the Holocaust – which is to say the systematic vilification, dehumanization and exclusion, first in German society, then later in the conquered territories and culminating with the production line murders – would not officially get underway until after Hitler's January 30, 1933 appointment as Reich Chancellor, his pathological hatred of and general intentions for Jews were evident as early as 1919 and was a major 'plank' in Hitler's political platform from the start. I think, however, that it would be more accurate to place the true origins of the Holocaust in the preceding hundreds of years of often brutal and murderous anti-Semitism throughout Europe, condoned or promoted by the Christian churches and exploited by rulers, churchmen, politicians and the common masses.

"Nazi anti-Judaism was the work of godless, anti-Christian criminals. But it would not have been possible without the almost two thousand years' pre-history of 'Christian' anti-Judaism..." Hans K√ľng, On Being a Christian, 1977.

"The Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows, seven times higher than ordinary thieves." Martin Luther, The Jews and Their Lies, 1543.


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