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Are there any Hebrew texts that employ the word "Shoah" to refer to calamities that befell the Jewish people prior to the 20th century? Or is the use of "Shoah" to refer to the assault against Jews as perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators the first instance of its being employed in such a fashion?

I am interested in knowing whether this is but a further instance of the word's being used to refer to a widespread destruction, or if it is something altogether new. And if it is something new, was there any opposition to it?

closed as off-topic by msh210 Apr 19 '17 at 5:04

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  • I am nominating this question to be re-opened. I have read the requirements for questions on this Stack Exchange, and fail to see how this one doesn't qualify. It is a question about language, to be sure, but language as relates to Judaism. – Shimon bM Feb 1 '18 at 0:27
  • I would be willing to agree if this question is edited to limit it to a significant text, like, say, the passuk where the term comes from. As it stands now, I would have closed it as too broad, actually. – DonielF Feb 1 '18 at 1:31

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