Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (7 September 2017, 16 Elul, 5777)
During World War Two, we all know 6 million Jews were killed. Why is there no mention of the millions of people other than Jews who were killed?
Jews were not the bulk of the casualties BUT they are to be distinguished because:
1. As a group the Jews lost a higher number than any other single body of people.
Â 2. The Jews lost a greater proportion of their people.
Â 3. The War aim of the major protagonist was to kill as many Jews as possible, and if possible all of them.
Â All the other dead were from that point of view collateral casualties.Â
Â Hitler wanted to eliminate a third of the Poles, enslave another third, and make the remainder German.
Â The Nazis had similar plans for the Ukrainians and others. They were not however in any hurry.Â
Â If the said peoples had not had the misfortune to find themselves under German domination the Germans might not have hurried to do anything to them.
Â The Jews were different.
Â The Germans went to war to kill Jews.
Â They were driven by the urgency to kill Jews.
Â Everything else was secondary.
Comment by Frederick Hill:
If the drive to exterminate the Jews had not overshadowed all other war aims, there is no way the Germans could have lost. Winter uniforms, rolling stock, food supplies were all diverted from the starving, freezing, stranded troops on the Russian front to supply the concentration camps and their operators. The Allied efforts in the early years of WW2 was a sequence of own goals.