Nazi Racism

Nuremberg Race Laws, Enemies of State, Murder of Handicapped

What Happened?

Nazis (a German group led by Hitler) wanted to achieve a perfect society called Aryan. The Nazis murdered many groups of which they considered minorities. This included Jews, Gypsies, the disabled, and African-Germans.

Why Did it Happen?

Hitler spread his beliefs in racial “purity” and in the superiority of the “Germanic race” – what he called an Aryan “master race”. He pronounced that his race must remain pure in order to one day take over the world. When Hitler and the Nazi’s came to power, these beliefs were spread in publicly disabled posters, on the radio, in movies, in classrooms, and in newspapers.

Who Was Involved?

The people and groups involved were Hitler, Nazis, Germany, Jew, Gypsy, and other groups who Nazi’s considered inferior.

How Did it Happen?

Beginning in 1933, German physicians were allowed to perform forced sterilizations, operations making it impossible for the victims to have children. They also took disabled people and children. They put them in gas chambers. As for the children they injected them with a deadly dose of drugs or by starvation. This was called the T-4 program.

When Did it Happen?

Between 1935-1945.

What Was the Effect?

The T-4 program became the model for the mass murder of Jews, Gypsies, and others in camps equipped with gas chambers that the Nazis would open in 1941 and 1942. The program also served as a training ground for SS members who manned these camps.