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The Third Reich

 

They too were victims

Persecution of 'the other'

Nazi ideology excluded all who were not regarded as ‘racially pure’ and who did not fit the idea of Aryan perfection. While Jews were the primary target, the Roma (Gypsies), homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, individuals of mixed racial backgrounds and the physically and mentally disabled were victimised.

To support the Nazi racial ideology, German scientists advocated ‘selective breeding’. Sterilisation and ‘euthanasia’ programmes were carried out.

 

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