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4/25/2013 2:55:00 PM

To the editor:

The oracle is misinformed. Although Jews were the largest population killed by the Nazi's genocide, the Holocaust was by no means an exclusive Jewish genocide. It also referenced other ethnic and cultural noncombatants including POWs not killed in combat.

"Elie Wiesel, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, has said, 'while not all victims were Jews, all Jews were victims,' so careful handling of the definition of the Holocaust is important. No one can deny that Jewish people were the primary targets of the Nazis, nor should one belittle their suffering. But neither should the millions of other victims of the Nazis be forgotten. The same respect and remembrance afforded the Jewish victims should be extended to include the non-Jewish victims as well.

Ukrainians      5.5 - 7 million

Jews (of all countries) 6 million +    

Russian POWs    3.3 million +  

Russian Civilians       2 million +    

Poles   3 million +    

Yugoslavians    1.5 million +  

Gypsies 200,000 - 500,000      

Mentally/Physically Disabled    70,000- 250,000

Homosexuals     Tens of thousands      

Spanish Republicans     Tens of thousands      

Jehovah's Witnesses     2,500 - 5,000  

Boy and Girl Scouts, Clergy, Communists,

Czechs, Deportees, Greeks, Political Prisoners,

Other POWs,"

Overlooked Millions: Non-Jewish Victims of the Holocaust

Karen Silverstrim, MA Candidate

University of Central Arkansas

In God we trust,

Ray LoPresto

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