Others Murdered During the Holocaust
Many people only think of the Jews when asked who Hitler murdered during the Holocaust. However, no one thinks of the other 5 million people who suffered just as much. Jewishvirtuallibrary.org says "...the non-Jewish were made prisoners inside their own country. No one was allowed out. The Germans took over the ranches, farms, and Polish factories. Most healthy citizen were forced into slave labor. Young Polish men were drafted into the German army. Blond haired children were "Germanized" and trained from an early age to be Nazi supporters"("The Holocaust"). Hitler not only killed Jews, but Jehovah's Witnesses, Roma gypsies, people that resisted, priests and pastors, homosexuals, disabled people, and the list goes on and on.
From 1933 to 1939, 10,000 Jehovah's Witnesses were imprisoned in concentration camps and 2,000-5,000 were persecuted. Hitler's plan was to get rid of Jesus Christ as a religious ideology. Jehovah's Witnesses were a special group that even the Nazi leaders formed respect for them. They were given opportunities to renounce their faith, and they would be left to be untouched. The majority of them, however, refused to give in and deny their faith. They were the only ones that if sent to a concentration camp could get out just for signing a paper to renounce their faith. Hitler persecuted Jehovah's Witnesses, because they refused Hitler his power. They didn't give in to Hitler's torture. Jehovah Witnesses refused to raise their arms in the "Hail, Hitler" salute, didn't vote in elections, and didn't join the army or the German Labor Fronts. In 1935, Jehovah's Witnesses were banned nationally by law. By 1939, 6,000 Jehovah's Witnesses were imprisoned or forced into concentration camps.
Another mass annihilation that occurred during the Holocaust was on the Roma gypsies. About half a million gypsies were killed. The Nazis wanted them gone solely because of their race. Hitler believed they were racially inferior, degenerate, and therefore, worthless. So, he killed them. Hitler saw them as a racial enemy and an undesirable race. According to A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust, in 1936, "a Central Office to "Combat the Gypsy Nuisance" opened in Munich. By 1938, gypsies were being sent to concentration camps"("Victims"). In many ways the gypsies were like the Jews in the fact that they were both persecuted solely on race and were both sent to concentration camps to await their inevitable death.
Priests and Pastors were also killed during the Holocaust. Around 3 million Christians and Catholics were killed. Hitler wanted to create a new religion and replace Jesus Christ as someone to be worshiped. So being a priest or pastor, very influential people in the Catholic and Christian religion, they were murdered very early into the Holocaust. Thousands were forced into labor camps and starved to death. However, in many...