Thesis Statement For The Holocaust

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THESIS STATEMENT Although the Jewish people were the main target of Nazi persecution in World War 2, approximately 5 million non-Jewish people also fell victim and need to be remembered. INTRODUCTION When thinking of World War 2 and Hitler, it is impossible to reflect on that moment in history without considering the Jewish Holocaust. Even school children know that over 6 million Jews died in the hands of the Nazis. Many people do not know that the Nazis also targeted many other groups taking the death toll to over 11 million victims. These persecuted groups included Polish people, Roma gypsies, the handicapped, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, priests, and even twins. The Nazis condemned these people for their religion, disabilities, nationality,…show more content…
They were considered to be outsiders by the non-Nazis, so the Nazis could label the Roma as “racially inferior” without too much opposition. Like the Jews, and other groups that were targeted, Roma people were murdered, sent to camps, gassed, and were used as forced labour. Thousands and thousands of Gypsies were murdered in occupied territories such as the Soviet Union and Serbia as well as massacred in concentration camps Auchwitz-Birkenau, Belzec, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Chelmno, Dachau, Mauthausen, Ravensbrück, Sachsenhausen, Sobibor, and…show more content…
In May 1940, the SS and police deported about 2,500 Romani and Sinti, mostly of Bremen and Hamburg, to Lublin District. The police and the SS then incarcerated them into the forced labor camps. The way they were worked and their living conditions killed many of them. Almost half of the Romani died in the first few months of their arrival of the camps this was because of the lack food, shelter and medicine. In 1942 the SS deported the ones who survived the terrible conditions to the killing center in Chelmno. In Chelmno there was tens of thousands of Romani gypsies, they were all put in gas vans and died by carbon monoxide

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