etymology of holocaust

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Subject: etymology of holocaust
Posted by:  andre…@users.sf.net (AB)
Date: 10 Sep 2003

On the first page of a high school history book (Globe Fearon's
HISTORICAL CASE STUDIES: THE HOLOCAUST), I find this:

    In the late 1950s, the word "holocaust" became a part of the
English language. Holocaust comes from a Greek word that means "a
sacrifice by burning" or "total burning." The word was added to the
English language to describe the systematic murder of six million Jews
by Nazi Germany in World War II.

I know that Holocaust history is required to be slightly biased. But
this is outright deception! A quick look in the dictionary confirms
that the word was never "added" to English from Greek, and that it did
not originate in the 50s after World War II. The liberal media has
gone out of control on this one! (Remember this book is targeted at
young impressionable high school students!)

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