Non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust
Who Were the Five Million Non-Jewish Holocaust Victims?
Jehovah's Witnesses, Roma Gypsies, Priests and Pastors, Courageous Resisters, Homosexuals, the Disabled, Black Children, People in "interracial" marriages were just some of the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Hitler would not allow “interracial” marriages. Those that chose to remain married were punished by imprisonment in camps where many died. Hitler said he would eliminate all the children born of African-German descent because he considered them an “insult” to the German nation. The Nazis decided that it was a waste of time and money to support the disabled. During Hitler’s “cleansing program”, thousands of people with various handicaps were deemed useless and simply put to death like dogs and cats.Because Hitler’s plan for a great Master Race had no room for any homosexual, many males from all nations, including Germany, were persecuted, tortured and executed. Between 5,000 to 15,000 homosexuals died in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Since Catholic priests and Christian pastors were often influential leaders in their community, they were sought out by the Nazis very early. Thousands of Catholic priests and Christian pastors were forced into concentration camps. Poland’s Underground army - made up of children, teenagers, men and women - was responsible for defending the lives of thousands of its Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. Many were killed for their acts of courage against the Nazis. Hitler saw the Jewish people as a race that he believed needed to be completely annihilated. Likewise, the Roma Gypsies were a nomadic people that were persecuted throughout history. Both groups were denied certain privileges in many European countries. The Germans believed both the Jews and the Gypsies were racially inferior and degenerate and therefore worthless. No other group stood so firmly in their beliefs as the Jehovah witnesses. Hitler felt particularly threatened by this strong group of Christians because they, from the very beginning, refused to recognize any God other than Jehovah.
Chart showing concentration camp badges
Roma prisoners in concentration camp
Pastor Martin Niemoller