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  1. It is illegal under German law to deny the holocaust, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

  2. During the Holocaust, Polish doctors Eugene Lazowski and Stanisław Matulewicz saved 8,000 Jews by creating a fake Typhus epidemic. The Germans quarantined the area instead of risking outbreaks by sending them to concentration camps.

  3. A Romanian-born Israeli and American scientist, engineer, professor, teacher, and a Holocaust survivor, Liviu Librescu, held the door of his classroom during the Virginia Tech shootings sacrificing his life while the gunman continuously shot through the door saving 22 of his 23 students.

  4. A holocaust denial group offered $50,000 to anyone who could prove that gas chambers were used to intentionally kill people at Auschwitz. They were forced by a judge to pay that money, and an additional $40,000, to Auschwitz survivor Mel Mermelstein who provided proof of that very fact.

  5. The autistic spectrum and the distinction between "high functioning" and "low functioning" autism was discovered by Hans Asperger in an attempt to save children in his clinic from the Gestapo during World War 2, who killed disabled children in preparation for the Holocaust.

  6. Alone among Nazi-occupied nations, Albania's Jewish population actually increased during the Holocaust. The mostly Muslim population sheltered Jews from around Europe, and only five Jews were killed in Albania during the two years of Nazi rule

  7. About the miracle on Dan bus 4 where a mother and her son ran into each other after believing each had died in the Holocaust years earlier.

  8. About Liviu Librescu: a Romanian-born scientist, engineer, professor, teacher, and Holocaust survivor, who heroically held the door of his classroom closed during the Virginia Tech shootings sacrificing his life while the gunman continuously shot through the door, saving 22 of his 23 students.

  9. Gay male victims of the Holocaust, who wore the downward-facing pink triangle, were still considered to be criminals when they were freed from concentration camps. They were often sent back to prison to serve out their terms.

  10. During WW2, captured German officers were sent to Britain as POWs and lived in luxury in Trent Park to make them feel relaxed. However, they were being listened to by 100 ‘listeners’. They revealed secrets about the holocaust, events in Berlin, Hitler's madness and V2 rocket bases.

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That, due to him being unable to celebrate his bar mitzvah at the age of 13 due to World War I, Yisrael Kristal celebrated his bar mitzvah on his 113th birthday instead. Kristal was already the world's oldest living man and the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor during this time.

99% of Jewish children in Poland died in the Holocaust. Only 5,000 were left out of a pre-war population of 1 million.

There was a point when plants made so much oxygen that nearly everything died. This event was called the Great Oxygen Event, but also referred to as the Oxygen Holocaust.

It is illegal under German law to deny the holocaust and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Due to rumours that his film "Cannibal Holocaust" showed real deaths, director Ruggero Deodato was accused of murder. The charges were dropped after the four allegedly-dead actors were interviewed for a television show and Deodato explained his special effects in court.

During WW1 the Ottoman government murdered over 1,500,000 Armenians living in their empire. The event coined the word "Genocide". The Armenian Genocide is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust.

Five teens who defaced a historic black schoolhouse in Virginia with racist graffiti were sentenced by a judge to read and write reports on 35 books by authors such as Elie Wiesel, Khaled Hosseini, and Maya Angelou. They were also ordered to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

The Guatemalan government carried out a genocide in the 1980's known as the Silent Holocaust against the Mayan people. Throughout it, the US government under Ronald Reagan gave Guatemala military aid, helping the genocidaires commit their atrocities.

About the hidden holocaust, better known as the "Congo Horrors" caused by King Leopold II of Belgium. The magnitude of the population fall over the period is disputed, but it is thought to be as high as 15 million people.

Sarah Silverman, Mel Brooks, and several Holocaust survivors are featured in a documentary about why Holocaust humor is essential to overcoming and remembering those who perished.

A member of the Nazi party is buried on the slope of the holy Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Oskar Schindler is credited with saving over a thousand lives in his factories during the Holocaust.

Witold Pilecki, a member of Polish resistance who volunteered to be imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp to gather intelligence in 1940. He later escaped and was the author of Witold's Report, the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

A study of Holocaust survivors found that they passed their trauma on to their children. Their children were found to have an increased likelihood of stress disorders when compared to Jewish families who were living outside of Europe during WWII.

During World War II, President Dwight D. Einsenhower predicted that people would try to deny the holocaust ever happened, and therefore ordered people to take as much photographs of the Nazi crimes as possible in order to avoid such attempts.

The cannibalism depicted in the 1980 horror movie "Cannibal Holocaust" was so realistic, the director Ruggero Deodato was brought to court and had to prove he didn't actually kill his actors.

German soldiers in American POW camps dramatically burned their German uniforms after being shown films of the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Oskar Gröning, a German soldier who worked at Auschwitz but was able to hide it for 40 years. However, he decided to publish his story after meeting a Holocaust denier, even though he was incriminating himself by doing so.

Hitler saved 1 Jew from the Holocaust: a doctor who treated his mother for cancer

US and UK were reluctant to release info about the Holocaust, as they felt that the extreme stories would undermine the credibility of both governments. US also didn't want to turn the war into being about Jews, as antisemitism was quite common in US at the time.

In 1999 a French Holocaust survivor reduced Shell Oil's accident rate 84 percent by making oil rig workers talk about their feelings

Polish doctor Eugene Lazowski saved 8,000 Jews during the Holocaust by injecting dead typhus cells into them, allowing them to test positive for typhus despite being healthy. Germans were afraid of the highly contagious disease and refused to deport them to concentration camps.

Deutsche Bank helped financed the construction of Auschwitz, the IG Farben chemical plant that supplied gas to concentration camps, and profited off of stolen gold and property from Holocaust victims.

Scientists found that descendants of Holocaust survivors developed a stress hormone mutation. They are inherently at higher risk of anxiety and stress disorders as a result of family trauma imparting gene mutations.

The children of Holocaust survivors are more susceptible to stress due to hormonal changes in their parents from the trauma of the Holocaust. Their children inherited these traits.

Alfred Hitchcock filmed a Holocaust Documentary in 1945 and will be broadcast this year after being hidden for 70 years!