Holocaust:
Non-Jewish Victims

Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 1 F

© 2001- 2007 - 2012
Terese Pencak Schwartz

Disabled

Hitler - the Ultimate Racist?

Non-Jewish Victims of the Holocaust Five Milion Forgotten Disabled

The Holocaust is usually taught as the mass genocide of almost six million Jews in Europe during World War II. But, more than five million others were also persecuted, tortured, tattooed and killed. These five million included innocent citizens - men women and children.

The survivors and the families of these five million often feel left out -- overshadowed by the Jewish casualties. Nonetheless, these people need to be recognized and memorialized. Many of these died for their race or their beliefs. Many of these died while helping their Jewish neighbors. They too deserve their place in history.

Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 when Germany was experiencing severe economic hardship. Hitler promised the Germans that he would bring them prosperity and power. Hitler had a vision of a Master Race of Aryans that would control Europe. He used powerful propaganda techniques to convince not only the German people, but countless others, that if they eliminated the people who stood in their way and the degenerates and racially inferior, they - "the great Germans" would prosper.

No Need for the Disabled

The Nazis decided that it was a waste of time and money to support the handicapped. During Hitler's "cleansing program", thousands of people with various disabilities were deemed useless and simply put to death like dogs and cats.

"In the postwar world, Auschwitz has come to symbolize genocide in the twentieth century. But Auschwitz was only the last, most perfect Nazi killing center. The entire killing enterprise had started in January 1940 with the murder of the most helpless human beings, institutionalized handicapped patients..."
Henry Friedlander, The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution

Download a free publication from the Disability Rights Advocates: The Forgotten Crimes.

Children of the Flames - Dr. Josef Mengele

Children of the Flames:
Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz

by Lucette Matalon Lagnado, Sheila Cohn Dekel (Contributor)

During World War II, Nazi doctor Josef Mengele subjected some 3,000 twins to medical experiments of unspeakable horror; only 160 survived. In this remarkable narrative, the life of Auschwitz's Angel of Death is told in counterpoint to the lives of the survivors, who until now have kept silent about their heinous death-camp ordeals. Eight pages of photographs.

A visitor recommends: I would like to recommend an important, well-documented book about the systematic killing of psychiatric patients and disabled children, which also traces the historical background of the eugenics movement, which fed the ideology and practices of genocide. Mass Murderers in White Coats: Psychiatric Genocide in Nazi Germany and the United States. Springfield, MA: Psychiatric Genocide Research Institute, Lapon, Lenny. 1986. Tricia McGowan

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