Is the word holocaust a Hebrew-derived word?
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The word holocaust, burnt offering, derives from the Greek
holos, whole, and kaustos, burn. The Hebrew-derived equivalent term is
shoah, catastophe. Note the term holocaust
implies a sacraficial purpose to the slaughter (i.e., gives it some
transcendental meaning), whereas the term shoah, catastrophe, implies a neutral
1942 News Chron. 5 Dec.
2/2 Holocaust... Nothing else in Hitler's record is comparable to his
treatment of the Jews....The word has gone forth that..the Jewish peoples are
to be exterminated....The conscience of humanity stands aghast.
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