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Remembering the victims of the Holocaust

January 27th, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, is Holocaust Memorial Day. Many people have been Tweeting about the real victims who lived and died in Nazi concentration camps. Six million Jews, as well as homosexuals, Romani people, Jehovah’s Witnesses and more died in the camps.
Aside from the six million Jews that were murdered in the Holocaust, the Nazis also liquidated at least nine million members of different religions, nationalities, and social groups.
Mugshots of the non-Jewish prisoners incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps, demonstrate the boundless hatred harbored by the Nazis for anyone considered to be different.
“The moment the prisoners were photographed they received a new identity. They went from being normal people to criminals,” Dr. Batya Brutin, who heads the Holocaust education program in Israel Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, in an interview with Ynet.
Men, women, children and the elderly were all photographed in an identical fashion for their mugshot which was accompanied by the inmate’s number, the name of the concentration camp and initials indicating the group with which the prisoner was affiliated.
The inmates’ uniforms were also labelled with colors indicating the group considered abhorrent to Nazi laws of blood purity to which they belonged.
Yellow was used for Jews, red for political prisoners, black for non-social groups (including gypsies), pink for homosexuals, green for criminals, purple for Jehovah’s Witnesses, blue for immigrants and soldiers of the French Republic. Gypsies were later marked with a brown tag.
According to Brutin, an ongoing debate exists on the approximate number of non-Jews murdered during the Second World War.

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