Non-Jewish Victims of the Holocaust · Five Milion Forgotten · Disabled
The Holocaust is usually taught as the mass genocide of almost six million Jews in Europe during World War II. But, more than five million others were also persecuted, tortured, tattooed and killed. These five million included innocent citizens - men women and children.
The survivors and the families of these five million often feel left out -- overshadowed by the Jewish casualties. Nonetheless, these people need to be recognized and memorialized. Many of these died for their race or their beliefs. Many of these died while helping their Jewish neighbors. They too deserve their place in history.
Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 when Germany was experiencing severe economic hardship. Hitler promised the Germans that he would bring them prosperity and power. Hitler had a vision of a Master Race of Aryans that would control Europe. He used powerful propaganda techniques to convince not only the German people, but countless others, that if they eliminated the people who stood in their way and the degenerates and racially inferior, they - "the great Germans" would prosper.
No Need for the Disabled
The Nazis decided that it was a waste of time and money to support the handicapped. During Hitler's "cleansing program", thousands of people with various disabilities were deemed useless and simply put to death like dogs and cats.
"In the postwar
world, Auschwitz has come to symbolize genocide in the twentieth century.
But Auschwitz was only the last, most perfect Nazi killing center. The
entire killing enterprise had started in January 1940 with the murder
of the most helpless human beings, institutionalized handicapped patients..."
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A visitor recommends: I would like to recommend an important, well-documented book about the systematic killing of psychiatric patients and disabled children, which also traces the historical background of the eugenics movement, which fed the ideology and practices of genocide. Mass Murderers in White Coats: Psychiatric Genocide in Nazi Germany and the United States. Springfield, MA: Psychiatric Genocide Research Institute, Lapon, Lenny. 1986. Tricia McGowan