No one can deny that Jewish people were the primary targets of the Nazis, nor should one belittle their suffering. But neither should the millions of other victims of the Nazis be forgotten. The same respect and remembrance afforded the Jewish victims should be extended to include the non-Jewish victims as well.
"Hitler became Germany's leader in 1933. By the end of World War II 12 years later, millions of people had been killed in concentration camps, many of them Jews." - verizon.com/news
MANY, but not ALL.
"The holocaust inflicted upon European Jews by the Nazi regime was arguably the most systematic and sadistic campaign of mass extermination ever mounted..
- Case Study: The Jewish Holocaust, 1933-45
"In the American consciousness the Holocaust has become synonymous with Jewish history. Historical literature of the Holocaust has focused on the six million Jewish victims to the exclusion of the sixteen to twenty million Gentile victims. How is it possible to define an historic event based on the lives of six million Jewish people and not acknowledge the millions more Gentile lives that were also lost? It is understandable that the historiography of the Holocaust emphasizes the Jewish people since they were the single most persecuted group by the Nazis, but why have they become the only focus?
'The genocidal policies of the Nazis resulted in the deaths of about as many Polish Gentiles as Polish Jews, thus making them co-victims in a Forgotten Holocaust. This Holocaust has been largely ignored because historians who have written on the subject of the Holocaust have chosen to interpret the tragedy in exclusivistic terms--namely, as the most tragic period in the history of the Jewish Diaspora. To them, the Holocaust was unique to the Jews, and they therefore have had little or nothing to say about the nine million Gentiles, including three million Poles, who also perished in the greatest tragedy the world has ever known. Little wonder that many people who experienced these events share the feeling of Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz, who anxious when the meaning of the word Holocaust undergoes gradual modifications, so that the word begins to belong to the history of the Jews exclusively, as if among the victims there were not also millions of Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, and prisoners of other nationalities. -- Richard C. Lukas, preface to The Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles under German Occupation 1939-1944'
Bear with me as I try my best to make my point with as much clarity as God gives me. The Nazi holocaust was one of the worst tragedies in our history.
I say "one", because there are many untold millions of victims killed in our present lifetime that barely get a mention in our news media, and if it does it barely registers as more than a blip on the radar of our more popular and accepted news feeds. Statistically (using the more widely held and agreed upon dates, numbers and time, not from minimalists nor an embellished one), the holocaust lasted about 12 years from 1933-1945 in which roughly 5 million Jews were killed. That many lives especially of women and children greatly pains my heart.
For example; During the 100 dat Rwandan war, there were no Ally Forces, nor an international outcry for a long time, although this brutally fierce, cruel and demonically raged filled atrocity was known by the international governments:
"Genocide in Rwanda
Through the use of propaganda and constant political maneuvering, Habyarimana, who was the president at the time, and his group increased divisions between Hutu and Tutsi by the end of 1992. The Hutu remembered past years of oppressive Tutsi rule, and many of them not only resented but also feared the minority.
On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying President Habyarimana, a Hutu, was shot down. Violence began almost immediately after that. Under the cover of war, Hutu extremists launched their plans to destroy the entire Tutsi civilian population. Political leaders who might have been able to take charge of the situation and other high profile opponents of the Hutu extremist plans were killed immediately. Tutsi and people suspected of being Tutsi were killed in their homes and as they tried to flee at roadblocks set up across the country during the genocide. Entire families were killed at a time. Women were systematically and brutally raped. It is estimated that some 200,000 people participated in the perpetration of the Rwandan genocide.
If 800,000 Tutsi were slaughtered, raped and butchered within this hundred day war (this number doesn't include the Hutu or Tutsi sympathizers), what would those numbers be if this went on for 12 years?
By my modest calculations, that would have brought the total deaths to over three million within the first 12 months alone! Statistically, that would be thirty six million within the same 12 year span of time. This is only me playing with the numbers in my head.
"At the same time, thousands of Hutu were murdered because they opposed the killing campaign and the forces directing it.
The Rwandan genocide resulted from the conscious choice of the elite to promote hatred and fear to keep itself in power. This small, privileged group first set the majority against the minority to counter a growing political opposition within Rwanda. Then, faced with RPF success on the battlefield and at the negotiating table, these few power holders transformed the strategy of ethnic division into genocide. They believed that the extermination campaign would reinstate the solidarity of the Hutu under their leadership and help them win the war, or at least improve their chances of negotiating a favorable peace. They seized control of the state and used its authority to carry out the massacre.
The civil war and genocide only ended when the Tutsi-dominated rebel group, the RPF, defeated the Hutu perpetrator regime and President Paul Kagame took control.
Aware from the start that Tutsi were being targeted for elimination, the leading foreign actors refused to acknowledge the genocide. Not only did international leaders reject what was going on, but they also declined for weeks to use their political and moral authority to challenge the legitimacy of the genocidal government."
- It's not that the governments couldn't do anything about, the U.N and the international community REFUSED to do anything against the genocide even though they knew it was going to happen. I don't know the time frame, nor the source of their information. I fail to believe, as should the reader, that had the "most powerful Nation in the world" chosen to act (with military bases all around the globe, national diplomats, and the power to rally our "allies")this atrocity would have been exterminated and snuffed out before it had the chance to start.
"President Clinton speaks to the press about Rwanda-- "... I mention it only because there are a sizable number of Americans there and it is a very tense situation. And I just want to assure the families of those who are there that we are doing everything we possible can to be on top of the situation to take all the appropriate steps to try to assure the safety of our citizens there."
Although this is an excerpt, if it is not a misquote nor taken out of context, he seems to say the only reason for mentioning the war in Rwanda is because there are American there. While Americans should be America's priority, this does not trump the priority of all human lives. From April 9-10: "France and Belgium send troops to rescue their citizens. American civilians are also airlifted out. No Rwandans are rescued, not even Rwandans employed by Western governments in their embassies, consulates, etc."The Rwandan 100 day war began on April 6th, 1994. Within 4 days, "The International Red Cross estimates that tens of thousands of Rwandans have been murdered.".
April 24th, 1994:"The U.N. Security Council votes unanimously to withdraw most of the UNAMIR troops, cutting the force from 2,500 to 270.
The International Red Cross estimates that tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Rwandans are now dead."
In WTH terminology, she is saying they shouldn't use the word "genocide" to describe the genocide that is going on in Rwanda because genocide is a legal term although it's not a really a legal term.
"Even after it had become indisputable that what was going on in Rwanda was a genocide, American officials had shunned the g-word, fearing that it would cause demands for intervention.."- www.ukemonde.com