The Holocaust and its Other Victims

No site about conflict can ignore the horrors of the Holocaust. There is a difficult to find German language film on the Wannsee Conference, that planned the annihilation of the Jews, now available on You Tube (thanks to 3 Quarks Daily for the link). This is the first segment and you can navigate to the rest from this URL:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGeaoUO0gfo

But as usual, I want to add another perspective or two:

Recently there was a good article in the UK Daily Telegraph, about the need to remember the Holocaust. The comment column had to be shut down after three comments because Neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers bombarded the site with their lies. This is a  truly appalling reflection on the persistence of what might be called the Nazi mental virus.

I also want to add some statistical context, not to diminish what was attempted in annihilating the Jews, and the six million victims, but to see who also was murdered. These are the other victims of the Holocaust. This is not exhaustive, but to give some impression of scale and the reach of the murdering, and there is some overlap:

  • Russian civilians: 13.7 million
  • Russian Prisoners of War: 2.8 million
  • Poles: 2.5 million
  • Roma/Gypsies: hard to estimate but probably the highest percentage of the group: 100,000s
  • Freemasons: 200,000
  • German Disabled 275,000
  • Homosexuals: 5000
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses: 2000
  • Catholic Priests: 2500

I guess there is a certain irony in the fact that the Nazi designated ‘Untermenschen’ (inferior) Slavs of the Soviet Red Army, eventutally annihilated on the battlefield the  Herrenvolk’s German Army. So much for ‘master races‘.

The master race in defeat:

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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