Non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust
By: Taylor Sellers
theories of why he chose these people
- Jehovah's Witnesses: Hitler felt particularly threatened by this strong group of Christians because they refused to recognize any God other than Jehovah.
- Gypsies: The Germans believed both the Jews and the Gypsies were racially inferior and degenerate and therefore worthless.
- Resisters: Many were killed for their acts of courage against the Nazis.
- Priests and pastors: Hitler also wanted to create a new religion and to replace Jesus. Hitler expected his followers to worship the Nazi ideology. Since Catholic priests and Christian pastors were often influential leaders in their community, so they were targets of the Nazis.
- Homosexuals: it is unknown why Hitler targeted Homosexuals
- Disabled: handicaps were determined useless and simply put to death like animals.
- black children: Hitler said he would eliminate all the children born of African-German descent because he considered them an “insult” to the German nation. (not a part of his ideal race)
what it was like
homosexuals were forced to wear pink triangles on their uniforms.
The Nazis would even take children to the camps.
Handicapped infants and small children were also killed by injection with a strong dose of drugs or by starvation. The bodies of the victims were burned in large ovens called crematoria.
How long did it last?
The Holocaust last for 7-8 years. It lasted from 1938-1945. And during this time period Hitler and his Nazi soldiers managed to kill approximately 11 million people.