True, there were just as many victims in the "others" lists, but I cite the Jewish losses because this was the largest single group extermnated by far.
I was personnalyinvolved with the Gypsy problem in Italy, where we liberated a camp about to be evacuated to Germany in May-45, probably directly to their demise.
I was detached to accompany a group from near Bolzano down to Rome, where they were to be rehibilitated. It was a long haul by captured German transports, with frequent stops along the way. The victims couldn't thank us enough, often reaching out to simply make skin contact in thanks, just a gentle finger touch.
I was20 at the time, and wasn't even aware of the holocaust until much later. Once exposed, I have long been bothered by the knowledge that many in power were aware of the situation, but elected to do nothing about it.
Without any formal restraints, the Nazi were given free reignto proceed with their exterminations from 1942, until their surrender in May-45.
It is still a sad, sad event involving our generation.
There is a story in today's FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, depicting the plight of a couple of survivors of Auschwitz, William(85) and Rosalie(81) Schiff. In one photo, Mr. Schiff is displaying the number 174248, which wastattooed on his left arm. He described this death camp as "a living hell."