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The Jews were not the only victims of the Holocaust Millions of Russians Poles gypsies and other subhumans were also murdered But Jews were the favored targets--first and foremost It took the Nazis some time to work up to the full fury of their endeavor In the years following 1933 the Jews were systematically deprived by law of their civil rights of their jobs and property Violence and brutality became a part of their everyday lives Their places of worship were defiled their windows smashed their stores ransacked Old men and young were pummeled and clubbed and stomped to death by Nazi jack boots Jewish women were accosted and ravaged in broad daylight on main thoroughfares Some Jews fled Germany But most with a kind of stubborn belief in God and Fatherland sought to weather the Nazi terror It was forlorn hope In 1939 after Hitlers conquest of Poland the Nazis cast aside all restraint Jews in their millions were now herded into concentration camps there to starve and perish as slave laborers Other millions were driven into dismal ghettos which served as holding pens until the Nazis got around to disposing of them The mass killings began in 1941 with the German invasion of the Soviet Union Nazi murder squads followed behind the Wehrmacht enthusiastically slaying Jews and other conquered peoples Month by month the horrors escalated First tens of thousands then hundreds of thousands of people were led off to remote fields and forest to be slaughtered by SS guns Assembly-line death camps were established in Poland and train loads of Jews were collected from all over occupied Europe and sent to their doom At some of the camps the Nazis took pains to disguise their intentions until the last moment At others the arriving Jews saw scenes beyond comprehension Corpses were strewn all over the road recalled one survivor Starving human skeletons stumbled toward us They fell right down in front of
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