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Gypsies: The forgotten victims of the Holocaust The Holocaust was a well-organized and ruthless persecution and annihilation of the European Jewry and other minorities, which was marked by increasing barbarity as the territories under German rule expanded. During the 12 years of Nazi domination millions of people including mentally ill, homosexuals, Poles, Russians, Catholic priests, Jehova's Witnesses, Gypsies, homeless and poor as well as many others perished in the name of pure, Aryan race. Hitler believed that "the stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker" where the ladder has to be eliminated if needed in order to persevere the greatness of the superior (Hitler 285). The European Jewry was targeted as the "sickness" that had to be cured using "extraordinary" but necessary methods. While examining the Holocaust one is forced to wander about its "Jewishness." The question is not whether the Holocaust "had a distinctly Jewish aspect to it" but why thousands of other minorities that perished during that time are still not accounted for? To be more specific, one should also focus on the non-Jewish victims that were included in the genocide of the 1933-1945 period.

This concern stems from the fact that the annihilation of the Gypsies who were included in the "final solution remains one of the most neglected chapters in the history of that fateful era" (Lewy VII).

To gain understanding of Nazi agenda and its success, it is necessary to learn about the founding factors that contributed to its rise in power. National Socialism is the root of Nazism where its ideologies have been carefully crafted by numerous German thinkers as well as non-German writers such as Thomas Carlyle, Auguste Comte and Georges Sorel. The basic premise of National Socialism is "collectivism freed from all traces of an individual tradition" (Hayek 183). Nearly...