TIL of the Lodz Ghetto, where at one point 20000 ‘useless eaters’, mainly children under 10, were rounded up and taken away from their families to be exterminated. Many parents committed suicide.

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You hear so much of the awful things done during this time but then you find more and more terrible crimes committed. And it it just breaks my heart.

DullAmy

When I see things like this I’m reminded that the kind of people who did this, facilitated this and ignored this didn’t vanish after the war. It’s a part of us that comes out when the majority of us decides to ignore it.

howescj82

“That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended…civilizations are built up…excellent institutions devised, but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings back the selfish and the cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin.” – C.S. Lewis

OttoPike

German here. I did some digging in my family history a few years back. My grandfather went to war while his mum struggled with mental illness after her husbands death. When he returned from being a prisonor of war after, she was dead. Everyone in the psychological hospital died at the same day in 1942, official cause: lung infection. He never asked further questions but struggled with guild for the rest of his life because he didn’t took care of her more. When he was in his 90s and moved in with my parents we looked a bit deeper – turns out everyone was deemed unuseful for society and gassed. Mentally ill people were among the first to be killed on a large scale and were used for process optimasaion in setting up the methods and processes in the concentration camps. There are a lot of things to get right in a genocide. What gas to use, logistics of body disposal, choosing killing methods that the killers can to for extended periods of time without suffering from PTSD (challenging part). The testruns with a few thousand mentally ill people were called action T4, for further reading. The cold and precise organisation with excessive detail is the second shocking thing, after you got over the horror of death itself.

Slackhare

And for some reason there are actual people and groups out there that don’t believe (or refuse?) that the Holocaust ever actually happened.

rich_a17