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The Persecuted The Holocaust is generally regarded as the killing of not only six million Jews the primary victims but also five million others Approximately 11 million individuals were wiped off the Earth by the Nazis It is hard to grasp the idea or visualize 11 million deaths however 11 million lives where taken because of racism and hate all in a period of eleven years1933-1945 It is sad that the Holocaust represents eleven million lives abruptly ended The Holocaust was the extermination of people not only for who they were but rather for what they were considered Groups such as the handicappedGypsies Poles and others were persecuted by the Nazis because of their religious orpolitical beliefs physical defects and failure to fit the Aryan idealSchwartz The Nazis believed that if reproduction was stopped within the non-Aryan people theMaster Race could become pure In 1933 this plan went into effect The German Physicians were allowed to perform forced sterilizations operations making it impossible for the victim to have children Some targets were 30000 Gypsies in Germany and handicapped individuals including the mentally ill and people born deaf and blind Another target were the 500 African German children the offspring of German mothers and African colonial soldiers in the Allied armies that occupied the German Rhineland region after World War IBerenbaum In 1939 Hitler invaded Poland and World War II began Hitler also started a war against the handicapped He said Wartime was the best time for the elimination of the incurably illBerenbaum The handicapped were probably the group that the Nazis hated the most They considered them useless and not worthy of life At the beginning of World War II the Nazi murdered the mentally retarded physically handicapped and mentally ill euthanasia German doctors were used to determine which handicapped or mentally ill individuals should be killed Gas chambers were constructed in six institutions in Germany and Austria If
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