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World War II

World War II

Breaking out a mere two decades after the previous war had ended, WWII would prove even more devastating. Over the span of less than six years, the conflict would take more lives and destroy more land and property around the globe than any previous war. An estimated 45 to 80 million soldiers and civilians were killed worldwide, among whom were the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust because of their Jewishness. Before we turn to examine the Holocaust and its horrific outcomes, let’s first explore the main stages of this war.

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  • Weinberg, Gerhard, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II, New Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

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