People Were Persecuted During The Events Of World War II

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Many groups of people were persecuted during the events of World War II. Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals were some of the many victims of cruel and unfair oppression. With no intentions to heil to the Nazis and their ruler, these groups, including numerous others, were imprisoned in concentration camps and punished for their religions, beliefs, and ways of life. Some fell victim to merciless Nazi persecution, while others were murdered almost instantaneously. Many died as prisoners of harsh concentration camps. Upon entering these camps, captives were stripped of their identity and forced into a life of brutal confinement. Jews and gypsies were the main targets of Nazi oppression, but other groups, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses and homosexuals, still died in concentration camps from sicknesses and abusive treatment. Almost six million Jews and over 220,000 gypsies were murdered in gas chambers and furnaces, as well as from extreme fatigue, malnourishment, and illnesses. Nazis believed that Jews were the cause of all of Germany’s problems and, therefore, should be eradicated. Gypsies were seen as outcasts, with no place to fit in. Hitler ordered them to be exiled for having their own vernaculars and traditions. Homosexuals, primarily men, were also persecuted for their ways of life. Around 15,000 homosexuals were imprisoned in camps, and an estimated 10,000 were murdered. Unfortunately, Nazis were not the only ones guilty of killing homosexuals; fellow inmates of
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