The Role Of The Disabled Germans During The Holocaust

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World War II was one of the most deadly and dark wars in the history of the world. It started in Germany with the Holocaust. The Nazis persecuted many different groups of people during the Holocaust. One of the groups that were persecuted were the Disabled Germans. The Disabled Germans were persecuted during the Holocaust through forced sterilization, the Euthanasia program, and propaganda campaigns based on the Nazis belief that they were inferior to the human race. The Nazis made Germans believe that Disabled Germans were inferior to the master race. They also made the Germans believe that people with disabilities or criminal minds reproduce faster, and that the offspring of the disabled would also have mental and physical disabilities. …show more content…
The word “euthanasia” actually means “good death”, so it was an indirect way of saying “murder”. The Euthanasia Program first targeted children. In 1939, the Nazi government encouraged parents with disabled kids to admit their kids to specially designed pediatric care clinics (Euthanasia Program). The pediatric care clinics were the first to test out Euthanasia. They murdered the kids with overdoses and starvation. The disabled Germans were given much smaller portions sizes than the Jews were. Jews got a soup and bread ration, and the disabled got barely anything at all …show more content…
The primary difference was the sterilization program, because of the belief that they reproduced faster. The primary similarity was that they were both considered inferior to the master race. Holocaust historian Dr. Michael Berenbaum stated, “The uniqueness of the Jewish experience can best be documented by comparing it with the Nazi treatment of other persecuted populations. Only by understanding the fate of other groups, detailing where it paralleled Jewish treatment and more important where it differed, can the distinctive nature of Jewish fate be historically demonstrated.” The Jewish, along with the Disabled Germans, Homosexuals, Gypsies, Soviet Prisoners of War, and Jehovah's Witnesses were all considered inferior to the human race. They may have had different treatments of punishment, but they were all were thought to be a drain of resources, and not worthy of

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