The Holocaust didn’t start with killing, it started with dehumanizing Jews and other “undesirables.” Convince the population that those deemed by the Nazi regime as inferior were just that—inferior.
Throughout the war they humiliated Jews, just killing wasn’t good enough they had to be mocked and ridiculed also, for they were considered to be subhuman so the SS and others could do as they pleased.
The picture above is of a Jewish woman sitting on a bench in Vienna, designated as a “For Jews Only” bench.
It wasn’t only the Germans, it was everyone who had bought into this Nazi ideology that mistreated Jews.
Slovak soldiers humiliated Lipa Baum, during the deportation of the Jews of Stropkov.
SS officers and camp guards humiliated a Jewish man
Vienna Jews being forced to scrub the sidewalks here are being overseen by Hitler Youth boys, including some very young boys.
The picture below is of a German woman and a Jewish man surrounded by Nazis. The woman is holding a sign saying. “I am locally the biggest pig and I only get involved with Jews.”
The Jewish man is holding a sign saying “As a Jewish boy I only take German girls into my room.”
This was a German-Jewish couple the picture was taken in Hamburg in 1935.
Three Jewish businessmen are forced to march down a crowded Leipzig street while carrying signs reading: “Don’t buy from Jews. Shop in German businesses!”
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