Holocaust Facts: Where Does the Figure of 6 Million Victims Come From?

Considering the amount of original research that has been done in recent decades, is this number still considered accurate by scholars of the subject?

One of the most well-known, if not iconic, facts known about the Holocaust is the number of Jewish victims killed by Nazi Germany up through the end of World War II. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is also this number - six million - that Holocaust deniers aim at when trying to discredit the essential nature of the Holocaust.