Two Greek words, "holos (whole, entire)" and "kauston (burnt)" make up the word "holocaust," which has existed since the Middle Ages (see the Oxford English Dictionary) to indicate "burnt offerings," such as the human sacrifices of children to Moloch. It was used since the 17th c. to indicate the mass slaughter of humans. Churchill referred to the extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turks as a "holocaust" before the onset of World War II. It has become connected with the "Endlosung der Judenfrage" (Hitler's euphemism). The Hebrew term for the genocide is "Ha-Shoah" (calamity) and it is called "Churben" in Yiddish.
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from the article: Ukraine to ask Israel: Recognize 1930s famine as state genocide