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Were gypsies gassed in concentration camps like Jews were?

How many gypsies were killed in the camps altogether and were they gassed like Jews were? What were the main reasons why the Germans wanted to get rid of the gypsie people?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes, yes, yes. The Nazis killed off about two thirds of the gypsy population they encountered in Germany and Eastern Europe.

    They also killed Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, homosexuals, Czechs, Slavs, Catholics (who didn't adhere to Nazi standards), mentally and physically handicapped, Jehovah's Witness, Communists... um that's pretty much all the people they targeted ahead of time.

    Gypsy deaths may have totaled about 200,000 out of a total of 300,000 living in Europe -- 15,000 of the 20,000 Gypsies in Germany in 1939 were dead by the end of the war while the ones married to Germans were sterilized. They were gassed, worked to death, starved, shot, or died of disease and neglect (same as the Jews). Gypsy and all the rest were not in synch with the Aryan ideal of racial purity. The handicapped were considered defective but not in the sense of Friedrich Nietzsche's "botched and bungled" as some people claimed later. Hitler just saw all these people as a burden on society... except the Jews. Hitler may have been Jewish himself -- little is known of his father and his mother worked for a Jewish family (so he may have been the son of a Jewish father). He had his childhood hometown destroyed and used as an artillery range to further eliminate any trace of his history. And Hitler needed a convenient scape goat for the German people's troubles (which stemmed primarily from the terms of the Versaille Treaty authored in large part by France's Clemenceau). The world was in a massive depression (not just the US) and inflation was rampant as the German's Weimer government merely printed Reichsmarks (replaced by the Deutsche Mark in 1948) to pay war retributions to France and England. Many Jews were involved in banking and Hitler saw these as an easy target... "it's their fault we're broke and have no pride..." Which was a total fabrication

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_people#Holocaust

    "The persecution of the Roma reached a peak during World War II in the Porajmos, the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis during the Holocaust. In 1935, the Nuremberg laws stripped the Romani people living in Nazi Germany of their citizenship, after which they were subjected to violence and imprisonment in extermination camps. The policy was extended in areas occupied by the Nazis during the war, and it was also applied by their allies, notably the Independent State of Croatia, Romania and Hungary.

    Because no accurate pre-war census figures exist for the Roma, it is impossible to accurately assess the actual number of victims. Ian Hancock, director of the Program of Romani Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, proposes a figure of up to a million and a half, while an estimate of between 220,000 and 500,000 was made by the late Sybil Milton, formerly senior historian of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.[70]. In Central Europe, the extermination in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia was so thorough that the Bohemian Romani language became totally extinct."

    By the way, "Gypsy" is considered pejorative and Roma is a better term to use.

  • Hodaya
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    1 decade ago

    Hitler was racist.He hated everyone of a different race than his own and he thought his race was superior over everyone else.Many people were gassed , not just Jews and Gypsies , but anti-Nazis and all the hostages that Germany captured from foreign armies.Also any mentally ill or disabled people.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Nazis wanted to get rid of anyone who was non-Aryan and didn't fit in with the super race. They killed Jews, Slavs, gypsies, homosexuals, communists, Jehovah's Witnesses, anyone physically or mentally handicapped, and anyone who had views that could be considered at all subversive.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Nazis wanted rid of everyone that wasn't blonde haired, blue-eyed, white-skinned. They called everyone that wasn't that untermenschen (sub-human); and therefore they felt fully justified in killing them.

    Gypsies were among those they killed. I only know numbers for Jews and Jehovah's Witnesses. Jehovah's Witnesses were killed for refusing to fight in the war; they will not fight in any war for any country. The Nazis killed 6 million Jews, and nearly 7,000 Jehovah's Witnesses; Witnesses were harder to find because they are of every race, Jews were of only one.

    The Nazis also killed Gypsies, Homsexuals, Communists/Marxists/Socialists (varying levels of the same ideology), occasionally black people (when they could find them), and others who were of darker skin than white people.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. The Gypsies were in fact the only other people besides the Jews expressly designated by the Nazis for extermination. The death toll which is most commonly accepted is 500,000. Rudolf Hoess (the commandant of Auschwitz) discusses them and their fate in his autobiography/memoir.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. The number was much smaller than the number of Jews and homosexuals, but still probably numbered in the hundreds of thousands. The goal of the Nazis was to direct pre-existing dislike of certain groups, focus it into hatred, and use it to spawn a fantastic war machine. Not unlike the efforts of the Christian right in our own country to make homosexuals, illegal aliens, and muslims the targets today. Very similar movements.......

  • 1 decade ago

    yep, to get the number you'd have to find the breakdown of each race killed. Might wanna look at wikapedia and go from there. Main reason for their death-they didn't fit in the mold of what Germans thought were master race.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Germans persecuted anyone that didn't fit their definition of German or Aryan. Amazing since Hitler himself didn't fit the blue eyed, blonde haired mold himself.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, they were. The reason he wanted to get rid of them is simply because he wanted to get rid of anyone who wasn't "Aryan."

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