The Victims Of The Holocaust

836 Words Dec 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Over the past few years, several deadly genocides have occurred. However, one of the most infamous genocides to occur was the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the “massive destruction of European Jewry during World War II, when millions were systematically persecuted and exterminated solely because of their social, cultural, ethnic, or religious characteristics” (Barel, Van Ijzendoorn, Sagi-Schwartz, Bakermans-Kranenburg). Contrary to popular belief, Jews were not the only group targeted in the Holocaust, as five million more lives were taken in groups other than the Jews. Three other groups targeted during his deadly event were the homosexuals, the mentally and physically disabled, and the ethnic minorities, whose death toll equaled 2,285,000, a combined total that clearly showed how determined the Nazis were in destroying their targeted victims in the Holocaust..
The homosexuals were a major group targeted in the Holocaust, and between 5,000 and 15,000 members were targeted ("Five Million Forgotten - Holocaust 's Non-Jewish Victims"). The main reason the homosexuals were targeted was because “the Nazis believed that male homosexuals were weak, effeminate men who could not fight for the German nation. They saw homosexuals as unlikely to produce children and increase the German birthrate” ("Persecution of Homosexuals in the Third Reich"). According to the quote, the homosexuals wouldn 't produce offspring thus making them unqualified for being apart of the Germans. Like all…
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