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We often hear about WWII and the 6 million Jews who perished as well However the millions of other victims are often overlooked and need to be given there consideration Are the Jews Central to the holocaust Was there really other people discriminated as much The first research in the late 1940s and early 1950s focused on the Jewishness of the Holocaust Modern research has begun to deal with the suddering of other victims of the Nazi genocide For example homosexuals Gypsies prisoners of war Russians poles Catholic priests Jehovahs Witnesses and other were more or less systematically murdered as the Holocaust continued By the end of the war as many as 6 million of these people had been killed along with between 5 to 6 million Jews Roma Gypsies were among the groups singled out on racial grounds for persecution by the Nazi regime and most of its allies The Nazis judged Roma to be racially inferior and the fate of Roma in some ways paralleled that of the Jews Roma were subjected to internment forced labor and massacre They were also subject to deportation to extermination campsMobile killing units killed tens of thousands of Roma in the German-occupied eastern territories Further thousands were killed in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Chelmno Belzec Sobibor and Treblinka extermination camps The Nazis also incarcerated thousands of Roma in the Bergen-Belsen Sachsenhausen Buchenwald Dachau Mauthausen and Ravensbrueck concentration camps There were nonetheless several deportations of Roma About 2500 Roma were deported to Poland in April and May 1940 Most of them were starved and worked to death Those who fell sick or became crippled were shot Another 5000 Roma were deported to Lodz where they were held in a separate area within the Lodz ghetto Those who survived the horrible conditions in the Lodz ghetto were later deported from the ghetto to the Chelmno extermination camp where they were killed in gas vans Roma in Germany were deported to
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