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ALEXANDER KIMEL - HOLOCAUST UNDERSTANDING & PREVENTION

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OTHER GENOCIDES

WRITTEN by ALEXANDER KIMEL

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During WWII, about 6.5 million of Jew lost their lives, in a tragedy that we call Holocaust. What makes this tragedy different from other mass killings that occurred is the totality of the devastation that the Holocaust brought to the Jewish communities. In most communities in Poland, Russia, Lithuania, the rate of survival was below 1%. Out of a hundred people, one survived. Had the war last a year longer, the destruction would have been complete.

In the Holocaust is unique, because it was a state planned and organized annihilation of people, using modern industrial methods, conducted with extreme cruelty in a organized bureaucratic manner.

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THE GYPSIES

Besides the Jews, about 200,000 to 500,000 Gypsies were also murdered by the Nazis. Thousands of Roma people were gassed in Auschwitz or killed by the Einsatzgrouppen . Originally only the so-called asocial Roma were destined for destruction. Gypsies found to be of pure Aryan blood were exempted. In December of 1942, Himmler decreed that all Gypsies to be send to Auschwitz and in 1944 he authorized their extermination.

Similarly to the Jews the Gypsies were easily identified by their non-conventional behavior, culture and language. The difference between the extermination of the Gypsies and the Jews, lies in the fact that they were considered Aryans, and those married to Aryan spouses were exempted.

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THE HOMOSEXUALS

In Germany there were about a million homosexuals, from which only 50,000 were convicted of homosexual crimes and sent to concentration camps. From the 50,000 about 40,000 survived the war.

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THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

During WWI, about 1.5 million of Armenians, men women and children, were brutally murdered by the Turks. The atrocities were instigated by the Turkish government, but were not conducted on an organized scale. The Armenian, being Christians, were perceived as being in league with Russia, fighting to destroy the Ottoman Empire. Conversion to Islam, was an accepted escape route. It is interesting to note that Hitler knew about the Armenian Genocide and the indifference and silence of the world community of nations. He rightly perceived that the world will be silently indifferent to the Holocaust.

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