The Holocaust: Non-Jewish Victims

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After Germany lost World War I, it was in a national state of humiliation. Their economy was in the drain, and they had their hands full paying for the reparations from the war. Then a man named Adolf Hitler rose to the position of Chancellor and realized his potential to inspire people to follow. Hitler promised the people of Germany a new age; an age of prosperity with the country back as a superpower in Europe. Hitler had a vision, and this vision was that not only the country be dominant in a political sense, but that his ‘perfect race’, the ‘Aryans,’ would be dominant in a cultural sense. His steps to achieving his goal came in the form of the Holocaust. The most well known victims of the Holocaust were of course, the Jews.…show more content…
They wanted control of that land because of the plentiful agricultural land that would be used to feed the great German race. The Pols were part of a bigger group of people known as the Slavs. ‘To the Nazis, the Slavs were considered Untermenschen, or subhumans’ (‘Victims’). They were treated as though they weren’t people, and Hitler and the Nazis viewed them as just another obstacle to expanding the great German living space. Now what makes the Slavs unique from the other persecuted groups, is that they were not characterized by religion or physical trait, but rather, because of the area of the world they were born in. Also, the mobile killing squads and death camps were not exclusive to just one sub-group within the Slavs; Hitler’s genocidal efforts reached to all kinds of Slavic people. When the Nazi Party came to power in Germany, the members of the communist and socialist parties resisted its takeover. The Nazis sent most of them to concentration camps where they were considered ‘political prisoners.’ A prominent camp for political prisoners was Dachau. Another group of victims in the Holocaust was the mentally and physically handicapped. It Hitler’s mind, his new vision of the world needed to be ‘perfect’ and these people threatened it. The majority of the handicapped were killed on the spot instead of being put through the concentration camps. In 1939, the ‘euthanasia
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