Black Germans During the Holocaust
Between 1933 and 1945 Hitler and his minions tortured non-Aryans because they were considered of lesser value to his regime. History books are filled with horrific tales of mistreatment of human beings he considered inferior: Jews, those who were disabled, gay or lesbians. However, most people are unaware that there was a small population of Germans of African descent who were also victims. According to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website, “The fate of black people…in Nazi Germany and in German-occupied territories ranged from isolation to persecution, sterilization, medical experimentation, incarceration, brutality, and murder”. Because of the small number of …show more content…
Although an often overlooked group during this dark period in world history, black Germans were treated nearly as brutally as the other minority groups. Thankfully, Hitler’s ploy for “racial hygiene” did not reach its pinnacle, but the years of Nazi rule were not without incredible loss. It is important to recognize this particular group when we honor these losses and move forward as a human race.
"Blacks during the Holocaust." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Accessed February 7, 2013.