Stereotyping the Impure

By Eduardo Flores 2

Inttroduction

Nazis viewed Jews and other “impure” groups as a “poisonous race” without reasoning. If society was thought the knowledge necessary to make an unbiased judgement, there would be less discrimination and hate. The Holocaust was caused because the Nazis were stereotyping the “impure” based on lack of information.

The "Impure"

  • Jews

  • Gypsies

  • Male Homosexesuals

  • Disabled

  • Anti-Socials

  • Mental Illness

  • Deaf

  • Blind

  • Drug Addicts

  • Alcoholic

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Jehovah's Witnesses

These groups were discriminated because of stereotypes. A stereotype is a generalization of a group based on one characteristic. Adolf Hitler wanted to make a nation, called the Third Reich, that was made up of the “pure”. To make a nation for the “pure”, the Nazis would have to get rid of the “impure”. The Law to Prevent Hereditarily Diseased Offspring was passed to prevent anyone that is considered “impure” to have kids. The law also forced hundreds of “undesirables” to be sterilized. Hitler wanted the Aryan race to be superior to all races.

Facts

  • Jews wore the Star of David to symbolize that they were Jews and homosexuals wore a pink triangle called the Rosa Winkel

  • Although homosexuals were persecuted the majority were men. Homosexual women were rarely punished because the nazis thought that women weren’t as a threat

  • Teachers often humiliate children that are impure when teaching “racial” science

  • Dr. Carl Vaernet made surgeries on homosexuals to convert them to heterosexuals

  • Even though Nazis believed that their race was superior, they could not find scientific evidence

Conclusion

The Nazis needed to educate themselves about the “impure”. The image the Nazis had of the “impure” were based on hatred Adolf Hitler had for them and his belief on racial purity. HIV/AIDS and homosexuality would have been a stereotype Nazis would have used to discriminate people since its getting very common, which means more people would have been in the holocaust if it began in the 21st century.

Links to Further Information

http://remember.org/guide/history-root-stereotypes: This website goes over the basics of discrimination and stereotypes and how it is moraly incorrect. It convinces readers that their judgements about others are not based on one characteristic.

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005184: The jist about racism in the Holocaust is found in this article. It tells how the Jews were discriminated by their religion and were unfairly persecuted.


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