• Nazis take over

    Nazi party declared only legal party in Germany
  • Banning Jews

    Jews cannot own land, work, or have health insurance
  • Hitler takes over

    German President von Hindenburg dies. Hitler becomes Fuhrer
  • Germany takes Austria

    Nazi troops enter Austria and announce union with the country
  • Concentration camp

    Nazis establish concentration camp for the 200,000 Jews in Austria
  • Rights stripped

    Many Jewish rights are stripped by the Nazis, including the placement of a big red "J" on their passports
  • Germany takes Czech

    Nazi troops seize Czechoslovakia
  • Nazis invade Poland

    Nazis take Poland
  • WWII begins

    Great Britain and France declare war on Germany
  • Segregation continues

    Yellow stars required to be worn by Polish Jews over age 10
  • Polish concentration camp

    Auschwitz becomes newest concentration camp
  • Nazis invade Denmark and Norway

    Nazis invade Norway and Denmark
  • Nazis take France

    Nazis invade France, Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg
  • Madagascar Plan

    Nazis plan to send all European Jews to island off the coast of Africa, Madagascar
  • Triple axis

    Tripartite Axis Pact signed by Germany, Italy, and Japan
  • Nazis invade Romania

    Nazis invade Romania
  • Nazi allies

    Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia become Nazi allies
  • Another concentration camp

    Birkenau becomes newest concentration camp
  • Nazis take Bulgaria

    Nazis occupy Bulgaria
  • New extermination camp

    Belzec becomes newest extermination camp to use gas chambers
  • Nazis invade Yugoslavia and Greece

    Nazis invade Yugoslavia and Greece
  • Nazis invade Russia

    Nazis invade Russia
  • Another concentration camp

    Majdanek becomes newest concentration camp
  • Zyklon-B gas

    Nazis use new gas at Auschwitz
  • Final solution

    Although already in force, Nazis step up killings especially in Auschwitz
  • Pearl Harbor

    Japanese attack U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor
  • U.S. and England declare war on Japan

    U.S. and Great Britain declare war on Japan
  • Extermination camp

    Chelmno camp in Poland becomes operational
  • The U.S. is all in

    Hitler declares war on the United States and the United States declares war on Germany
  • Mass deportations

    Mass deportations to Auschwitz and Belzek
  • Newest extermination camp

    Sobibor becomes newest extermination camp in Poland to use gas chambers
  • Over 1,000,000 dead

    The New York Times reports that over 1,000,000 Jews have been killed by the Nazis
  • Another new extermination camp

    Treblinka becomes newest extermination camp in Poland
  • Belzek closed

    Belzek is closed and plowed under after 600,000 Jews killed
  • Cover up

    After world learns of attrocities, Nazis dig up and burn all corpses to remove all traces
  • Hitler suffers first big defeat

    Germans surrender to Russian troops at Stalingrad in the first big defeat of Hitler's armies
  • MSG

    American Jews hold a mass rally at Madison Square Garden to pressure U.S. government to help the European Jews
  • Treblinka closed

    Exterminations cease at Treblinka, after an estimated 870,000 deaths
  • Sweden by sea

    The Danish underground helps transport 7,220 Danish Jews to safety
  • Escape then closing

    300 prisoners escape into the woods, after which Sobibor closes. Claiming 250,000 lives, Sobibor is erased and trees are planted
  • Roosevelt reacts

    President Roosevelt issues a statement condemning German and Japanese ongoing "crimes against humanity"
  • Pulling the wool over their eyes

    A Red Cross delegation visits Theresienstadt after the Nazis have carefully prepared the camp and the Jewish inmates, resulting in a favorable report
  • D-Day

    Allied landings in Normandy on the coast of N. France
  • Majdanek over run

    Russian troops liberate the first concentration camp, Majdanek where over 360,000 had been murdered
  • Anne Frank

    Anne Frank and family are arrested by Gestapo in Amsterdam, then sent to Auschwitz. Anne and her sister Margot are later sent to Bergen-Belsen where Anne dies of typhus on March 15, 1945
  • End of Auschwitz?

    Last use of the gas chambers at Auschwitz
  • Russians liberate Budapest

    Russians liberate Budapest, freeing over 80,000 Jews
  • Auschwitz liberated

    Russian troops liberate Auschwitz. By this time, an estimated 2,000,000 persons, including 1,500,000 Jews, have been murdered there
  • Buchenwald liberated

    Allied troops liberate Buchenwald
  • The end is near

    Berlin is reached by Russian troops
  • Dachau liberated

    U.S. Army liberates Dachau
  • Hitler dead!

    Hitler commits suicide in his Berlin bunker
  • May Day!

    Unconditional German surrender signed by General Alfred Jodl at Reims. WWII is over!