Holocaust book should honor all victims

Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re “Book describes Holocaust in 1 word, 6 million times” (Page A14, Jan. 26): Phil Chernofsky’s book on the Holocaust is powerful and evocative: The repetitious printing of the word “Jew” 6 million times symbolizes individuals who died in the death camps of Nazi Germany. But what of the 5 million non-Jews also exterminated in these camps? Are they not also worthy of recognition? An estimated 11 million men, women, and children were systematically murdered in Adolf Hitler’s Germany between 1933 and 1945. Six million of these are identified as Jews and 5 million classified as “others,” including Gypsies, homosexuals, political and religious opponents and those mentally and physically disabled Most people today identify Nazi exterminations as exclusively aimed at Jews, while, in fact, about 45 percent of the victims were “others.” A more honest and powerful book would honor all the victims.

-- Julia Costello, Mokelumne Hill

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