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Holocaust Forgotten - Five Million Non-Jewish Victims [Kindle Edition]

Terese Pencak Schwartz , Danusha Goska PhD

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Eleven million people were killed in the Holocaust. Almost six million of these were Jewish - Hitler's most recognized victims. But, five million were not Jewish. Who were these other victims?

The author, a Jewish convert of Polish Catholic descent, whose uncle was murdered by Nazi soldiers, discovered that there are many non-Jewish survivors eager to share their stories. There are hundreds of children of these survivors who have been searching for a voice - an opportunity to finally be counted. This book defines the non-Jewish Holocaust victims with actual interviews and stories contributed by survivors.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3210 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Terese Pencak Schwartz; 1 edition (April 19 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VU444A
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Concise Overview of the 5 Million Forgotten Victims of the Nazis April 26 2012
By Jan Peczkis - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
As far as the Holocaust is concerned, most people think of the Jews, and mistakenly think that anyone who was a victim of the Nazis was a Jew. Such was the author's experience relative to her relatives. A few people, hard pressed, may remember the homosexuals and the Communists, but very few people are aware of the fact that three million Polish gentiles were murdered by the Nazi Germans.

Otherwise, when non-Jewish victims of the Nazis are brought up, we often hear the refrain that, "Jews were killed because they were Jews; non-Jews were killed because it was war." Schwartz repudiates this misconception, and often shows how Nazi ideology functioned to justify the murders of non-Jews as well as Jews. For instance, Schwartz quotes Heinrich Himmler, who said that all Poles must disappear from the face of the Earth.

In the introduction, Dr. Danusha Goska recounts how she asks her university students which group was the first and last victims of the Nazis. Almost no one gets it right. It was the handicapped. To the Nazis, they were "useless eaters".

Other victims surveyed by Schwartz include the Jehovah's Witnesses, Gypsies (Sinti and Roma), homosexuals, peoples of African origin, and Nazi resisters of all nationalities. The author includes descriptions of each victim group, as well as short testimonies of representatives of many of the targeted groups. For instance, a Polish guerrilla who participated in the ill-fated Soviet-betrayed Warsaw Uprising recounts his experiences. So does a former inmate of a Nazi concentration camp.

There is also a description of Zegota, the one-of-a-kind Polish organization that assisted Polish Jews in German-occupied Poland. The ten million forced laborers in the Third Reich are also remembered.

The only shortcoming of this book is its brevity. However, for the reader who wants a quick overview of the non-Jewish victims of the Nazis, it serves quite well. Those interested in learning more about the 3 million Polish non-Jews murdered by the Nazis should see the Peczkis Listmania here on Amazon: FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST...
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth finds a Voice Dec 13 2012
By Dissatisfied Customer - Published on
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This book is an important voice for the millions of Poles that were so brutally yet casually silenced.
Therese's research and personal stories from her own family and others that were first hand witnesses bring a staggering awareness that millions of non-Jews also suffered annihilation by the Nazis. Thank you for this enlightening book on the "forgotten ones".
Why is this knowledge of the murder and the suffering of the Poles (and others) not included in mainstream history of this terrible wound to ALL humanity?
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Others May 12 2012
By E.C. - Published on
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Terese Pencak Schwartz and Danusha Goska PhD, Thank you for writing this book.
It's important that the other victims, survivors and heroes of the holocaust have a voice and are acknowledged. It was horrendous tragedy for all of the people who suffered through it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read - short accounts from many affected Dec 27 2012
By Krystyna C.I. Kabara - Published on
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The chapters are short and to the point. Gives the reader personal viewpoints from Jew and non-Jew alike. Allows the reader to understand that the horrors of the Holocaust stretched far and wide. That there was suffering by all and unlikely hero's from all over occupied Europe.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust Forgotten May 25 2012
By chelma - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Holocaust Forgotten - Five Million Non-Jewish Victims

This was a very good look at the many others who were tortured by the Nazis. It was good to see that others have been recognized for what they went through also. There are many many more stories out there and hope they will be heard and read.

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