Schutzstaffel – SS, originally Hitler’s personal bodyguard
Selection – prisoners were selected by SS to hard labor or extermination; in concentration camps they were selected upon arrival as well as to make place for new prisoners
She’erit HaPleitah – Hebrew for Surviving Remnant, a Biblical term for Jewish DP’s of postwar Europe.
Shtetel – a Jewish settlement in Eastern Europe
Shoah – Hebrew for catastrophe, destruction; a Biblical term used to describe the mass murder of European Jews by the Nazis
Socialism – a political movement of the left; lost power to Communists in Russia in 1917.
Sturmabteilung – SA, para-military brownshirts
Der Stürmer – a Nazi anti-Semitic magazine
Sudetenland – areas inhabited by Germans in Czechoslovakia
Supercession – Latin for a belief that the Church has replaced the Jews in all of God’s purposes.
Survivors – Holocaust survivors are Jews who survived the Holocaust mainly in Nazi occupied Europe. There are others who survived different situations.