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|“||The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.||„|
|~ Stephan Ambrose|
The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was a government-orchestrated mass genocide that affected approximately six million Jews or more during the final years of World War II. The Holocaust was orchestrated by the Nazi Germany dictator, Adolf Hitler, and it advocated the idea of doing away with several fragments of society. This included other groups such as: Black people (incluiding African immigrants), LGBT people (including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender); Slavs (including Russians, Ukrainians, Serbians, Poles, Czechs, and Slovaks), Romani, Greeks; various Christian denominations (primarily Jehovah’s Witnesses and Catholics); Muslims; Brown people (incluiding Mulattoes and Mamelukes); communists, socialists, capitalists, anarchists, feminists, and other dissidents and Allied POWs, especially Soviet POWs.
Though the Nazis were the primary perpetrators of the Holocaust, other groups that comprised the Axis Powers participated as well. This included the Ustaše in Yugoslavia, the Arrow Cross Party in Hungary, and other similar organizations.
Everyone of these people was seen as "sub-humans", people that was not fit for the Nazi Party's ideology of what they referred to as the Aryans, that was seen as the "master race" of Germany. Also that the Jews was seen as "responsible" by the Nazis that Germany lost World War I and causing the country's economy to collapse, the so-called "Stab-in-the-back myth".
|“||We shall only talk of peace when we have won the war. The Jewish capitalist world will not survive the twentieth century.||„|
|~ Adolf Hitler|
In August 1938 the German authorities announced that residence permits for foreigners were being canceled and would have to be renewed. This included German-born Jews of foreign citizenship. Poland stated that it would renounce citizenship rights of Polish Jews living abroad for at least five years after the end of October, effectively making them stateless.
The deportees were taken from their homes to railway stations and were put on trains to the Polish border, where Polish border guards sent them back into Germany. This stalemate continued for days in the pouring rain, with the Jews marching without food or shelter between the borders. Four thousand were granted entry into Poland, but the remaining 8,000 were forced to stay at the border. They waited there in harsh conditions to be allowed to enter Poland. A British newspaper told its readers that hundreds "are reported to be lying about, penniless and deserted, in little villages along the frontier near where they had been driven out by the Gestapo and left." Conditions in the refugee camps "were so bad that some actually tried to escape back into Germany and were shot", recalled a British woman who was sent to help those who had been expelled.
|“||It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.||„|
|~ Elie Wiesel|
This event set in motion mass deportations of Jews to concentration camps over the next several years while the Nazis went from country to country, pillaging and conquering. Later on in 1941, a paramilitary death squad, dubbed the Einsatzgruppen, was established, and their job was to execute civilian stragglers in conquered Nazi territories.
By the end of 1942, many European Jews were forcibly taken to the various camps set up in Nazi territories on freight trains. If any Jewish person was fortunate enough to survive the trip to the death camps, they would almost always find themselves being executed in gas chambers disguised as shower rooms. Others would be put to work doing extremely difficult forced labor with little to no food, and often died from overwork or starvation. This was part of the so called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question", to exterminate all the Jews in Europe.
These systematic mass murders continued until the end of WWII in 1945.
|“||The Holocaust is very much alive. The wounds are still there. The scars are still there. The influence is still there.||„|
|~ Avner Shalev|
|“||For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.||„|
|~ Elie Wiesel|
Many people, including former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and American white supremacist David Duke, among others, try to claim that these mass murders never happened, and that the government most likely made them up in order to acquire sympathy from their listeners; this is, in fact, a very common belief in the anti-semite, white supremacist, and Alt-Right communities of the modern era.
They most likely are in denial about these mass murders, because they were so morally atrocious, that the idea that any human being can do something this horrible to another human being should seem like it should only happen in fiction. Unfortunately for the rest of us, this is painfully not true, and things like this can happen if we let them happen. We should all come together in peace and love, and try to listen to both sides of an argument. If we can do this, then maybe, something as horrible as the Holocaust, may never happen again, ever.
Badges given to concentration camp inmates
In addition to Nazis giving inmates tattoos of numbers at concentration camps, they also gave certain inmates badges in the form of a triangle or star shall they be Jewish. If a Jew was of another description listed below, the badge would be a combination of a yellow star and the triangle color specified.
- Yellow - Given to Jewish people.
- Blue - Described all Slavic ethnic groups. Also to Black people and all Brown ethnic groups.
- Pink - LGBT people, as well as other people who the Nazis considered sexually immoral, namely rapists, pedophiles, zoophiles, necrophiliacs, incestuous etc.
- Green - Criminals: low profile and high profile. People with these badges were often assigned "kapo" roles by concentration camp staff.
- Red - Political opponents such as, but not limited to communists, socialists, capitalists, anarchists and feminists.
- Purple - Jehovah’s witnesses, Catholics and other pacifistic religious groups.
- Brown - Romani men.
- Black - Used for other prisoners who were deemed "antisocial" by Nazis.
- Romani women and children. Boys would eventually be given the brown triangle shall they reach adulthood.
- Mentally ill and disabled.
- People with addictions, examples include substance abuse and gambling.
- Homeless prisoners.
- Brown people.
- Drug Dealers
- People with mental disorders such as Autism.
- Illegal immigrants