By Thomas L Blair copyright 24 January 2015
Volumes have been written about the Nazis mass murder of “inferior non-aryans”: Jews, Poles, Gypsies, the “gays, disabled and retarded”.
However, spare a thought for the Blacks who died in the Nazi killing fields in the period 1930s-1940s.
Thousands of Blacks in Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe were used in medical experiments, executed or gassed in Nazi death chambers
The sophisticated Black Berliners suffered a brutal fate in the Nazi prisons. The German-born “Rhineland black bastards” that Hitler railed against in his Mein Kampf for the Third Reich were rounded up and exterminated.
Under the Nazi ideology, it was acceptable to kill Blacks and other non-aryans at the bottom of the racialised scale.
The mocking sign “Arbeit macht frei” (that is “works makes (you) free”), was, like Auschwitz or Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps, the first and last sight Blacks saw on the journey to the death chambers.
Thousands of captured colonial French African troops perished in concentration camps or worked in factories until death or execution.
Furthermore, in fighting the Americans, the German SS infantry had orders to take no “Negro prisoners alive” Blacks were targeted for slaughter and massacred in violation of international convention.
We must conclude, therefore, that these Black victims of Hitler’s Aryan ideology merit more than passing mention. Of course, they assist our appreciation of the heinous mass ethnic cleansing we know as the”Jewish holocaust”. However, Hitler’s Black victims are crucial to our understanding of the Black holocaust; the millions lost in the European colonisation of Africa, the perilous Atlantic passage, and the killing fields of slavery in the Americas.