Nazi Euphemisms

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Rachel Golub HIS 328 – The Holocaust Dr. Alison Rose 12/14/07 The Use of Nazi Euphemisms during the Holocaust According to Wikipedia, a euphemism is defined as being “the substitution of an  agreeable   or   less   offensive   expression   for   one   that   may   offend   or   suggest   something  unpleasant to the listener.” During the Holocaust, Nazi euphemisms played a big role. Hitler  spoke about the need to “cleanse” and “purify” the nation, using other words such as  “resettlement” and “special treatment” to hide acts of horror. Some things that dealt with  Nazi euphemisms were the Euthanasia Program and the use of gas vans in Chelmno. Whenever I think of the term “euthanasia,” I think of a painless death for someone  who is seriously or fatally ill. However for the Nazi soldiers, the term was a euphemism for  the systematic deliberate killing of institutionalized mentally and physically disabled people. 
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