Essay On The Holocaust
This film reinforces the fact that the Holocaust was not just against the Jews, but against all that did not fit the Nazi “mold.” “I did it on purpose,” Aviram says. This did not stop his extermination process, however.
During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived racial and biological inferiority: Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others), Soviet prisoners of war, and blacks.
Even today we stand by while innocent lives are taken.
The recent conflicts in Rwanda or Bosnia, or past conflicts in Cambodia, are merely three examples.
The Hollerith machine was used to make it easy for Nazis to locate and identify the mentally ill, handicapped, Jews, Gypsies, and other “undesirables.” This machine was “a simple data-processing device which aided the Nazi regime in classifying citizens according to residence, race, religion, marital status, and other crucial criteria” (Conway, 1994).
A Tel Aviv filmmaker, Nitzan Aviram, made a ninety minute documentary entitled “Healing by Killing (Ripui bHareg),” in which he records the domestic euthanasia campaign and, more specifically, the participation of the German doctors.