The Final Solution
During World War II, Nazi soldiers used concentration camps to imprison people who were thought to be undesirable and unimportant. Among these people were Jews, homosexuals, vagabonds, and the mentally or physically handicapped. These people were forced to do work and eventually were systematically exterminated in gas chambers. In spring of 1941, ill prisoners from almost a dozen concentration camps were killed to make room for more. The prisoners were dehumanized by the Nazis. Each person would get a number tatooed on their arm as a way of being identified by German officials. Hitler and his followers did not believe that these people were human beings.