Sho·​ah ˈshō-ə How to pronounce Shoah (audio)

Examples of Shoah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Further setting Holocaust education up for success, nonprofits ranging from USC’s Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, have been supporting teachers for decades. Boaz Dvir, TIME, 6 May 2024 Based on existing evidence, including a 1996 interview with the USC Shoah Foundation, Gita’s number was 4562. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2024 The Shoah Foundation has also been collecting accounts of survivors of the Hamas attacks in Israel in October as part of their Countering Antisemitism Through Testimony Collection initiative. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 Spielberg launched Shoah Foundation in 1994, and in 1996, Biniaz recorded her nearly 90-minute testimony for the group. Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 The Zone of Interest is not a film about the Shoah. Christian Holub,, 21 Mar. 2024 That history — Germany’s political and social response to the Shoah, sometimes referred to as Erinnerungskultur, or culture of remembrance — will always be at the center of any discussion in Berlin on Israel and Palestine. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 In the tradition of films like Shoah, Glazer never quite looks the horror in the eye. Will Bedingfield, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2023 Holocaust education had been ongoing in U.S. public schools since the 1970s, and Holocaust remembrance was central to American Jews’ political consciousness, but the early 1990s arguably brought understanding of the Shoah to a new level for the country at large. Emily Tamkin, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History


Modern Hebrew shō'āh, literally, catastrophe, from Hebrew

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shoah was in 1967

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“Shoah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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