I saw that yeah :-/ There is a tendency to forget that the Nazis also saw Slavic people as “subhuman” and planned to exterminate them, to empty Eastern Europe and create German “Living Space”, as per Generalplan Ost, I don’t believe the Holocaust should ever be framed as a “who suffered the most during it” race to the bottom, but all the same, it is incredibly important not to erase any group of people who suffered in that hideous genocide.
I checked it out, and it seems OP saw the messages, apologised and said they would correct it, but I understand it’s always hurtful when erasure occurs, especially when the post has been circulated already.
Sometimes I feel discussing Nazi racism in terms of whiteness is kind of counterproductive though, because people tend to view it with the US idea of whiteness, which is quite colourist. And it muddies the entire thing because Nazi racism was very much based on ethnicity; imo it’s not so much about being “white” but being part of their envisioned “Aryan race”: ergo you could have light skin and blonde hair but if you were Jewish, Rroma or Slavic, that’s not Aryan because your ethnicity counts. Not to mention the Japanese were “honorary Aryans”. It was not just because of the Axis alliance: Hitler’s racial theory also put quite a bit of stock into civilisational superiority, and he’d mentioned how the age of Japanese (and Chinese) civilisation was evidence of racial supremacy. I feel like seeing it in terms of whiteness doesn’t quite capture the full picture?
European racism itself doesn’t really have a coherent idea of whiteness imo; it’s all about lining up with that majority ethnic group conquering everybody else. Light skin is part of that dynamic since many people in Europe are fair-skinned, and that’s obvious when you introduce non-Europeans to the picture. But between similarly light-skinned European ethnic groups, ethnicity + culture matters a lot and operates as a criteria to dehumanise.
There was certainly an element of whiteness (they thought Africans were inferior), caricatures of Jewish people in Nazi Germany always drew them dark-skinned and looking foreign. But all the same, I guess I feel Nazi racism is understood better if one situates the “Aryan/Nordic” race as being at the nexus of power in Nazi Germany, rather than the idea of “white” which seems more colourist. This better allows for an understanding why the Nazis were also fanatically obsessed with murdering people who by US standards, would be considered “white”. I mean in general, European racism till today is still very ethnicity-based, not just colourist.