The Drowned and the Saved was created from the memories and testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust, but in particular the experiences of the author. Primo Levi draws greatly on his previous work and correspondence following his liberation from Auschwitz. The Drowned and the Saved, written decades after the war ended, essentially is a reflection on how perception of the atrocities has changed and is being forgotten. It is a warning not to erase the horror with simplifications. It is an explanation and defence of survivors and who they truly are.
It is extremely important to prosecute the criminals as a way of remembering the Holocaust victims and knowing what they went through. “Everywhere in the world, there is an obscene attempt by people who call themselves historians who dare to deny the deaths of the victims. Who dares to tell me my parents were not killed in the camps” (Wiesel 6). This shows that many people disbelieve in the Holocaust; therefore they are forgetting the horrendous things done to the victims. It is very important to remember the tragedy that the Holocaust caused in order for it to not happen again.
The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak, brings the audience back to Nazi Germany in the early 20th century, during the time of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the reason for the deaths of around six million Jews and countless other victims. “Young children were particularly targeted by the Nazis to be murdered during the Holocaust” (“91”). Throughout the novel, Markus Zusak uses different elements of fact and fiction. Zusak uses historical facts to set a background for his novel and fiction to give a different view of the story.
From the presentation, I learned what the term “Genocide” meant and how it is connected to Survival in Auschwitz. According to the presentation, “Genocide” is violence against members of a national, ethnical, racial or religious group with intent to destroy the entire group. This term was used after World War II, when atrocities were committed by the Nazi regime against the Jews of Europe. In 1948, the United Nations declared genocide as an international crime. Genocide has eight stages: classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial.
Giulia Spagna S00019825 IR 389 Professor George Irani Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust Pope Pius XII was elected as pontificate of the Vatican in 1939, an extremely turbulent period in Europe. The reign of Pope Pius XII saw the rise of Nazi Germany, the Second World War and the disastrous holocaust. Once the war had ended various discussions emerged, many asking themselves how such an atrocity had not been prevented; many began looking at the role of foreign countries in preventing the death of 11 million people, 6 million of them being Jews. A sovereign state which was expected to take a crucial stance is the Vatican. The Vatican as a spiritual institution with strong temporal power was expected to rise up and condemn the Nazi regime.
By the end of World War 2, about 6 million Jews were murdered in concentration camps (Textbook, pg 503-504). Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Auschwitz, reflected, “Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust” (Textbook, pg 505). Still to this day, Wiesel is traumatized by the grim experiences that took place in the Auschwitz death camp.
He still tried and tried until it was finally published. This book shows how the Holocaust should be taught and not be forgotten, due to it being a prime example of human impureness. Humans learn off trial and error, how the Jewish population was affected, decrease in moral, and the unsettled tension are prime examples of such mistakes. The Jewish population was in jeopardy, therefore other races in the world are at risk of genocide as well and must take this event as a warning of what could happen. In the Auschwitz concentration camp, there was a room filled with shoes.
The holocaust was not just a movement to mass execute the Jewish race; there were reasons behind this tragic event. Hitler, the Nazi leader, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and the Jews were “inferior”, therefore they should be eliminated. Does this not happen today? Stereotypes, racism, prejudice and discrimination keep us from evolving and living at peace with each other. We see discrimination and racism happen everyday in our lives.
Approximately 6 million Jews died in Hitler’s concentration camps. The only way to comprehend this horror is through hearing a survivor’s story. Art Spiegelman 's comic book, Maus, guides the reader through Vladek’s firsthand experience in the Holocaust. The author retells Vladek’s story exploring the themes of identity, fear, power dynamics, imprisonment, horrific nostalgia, and how the past shapes the future. The use of imagery, framing, and wording explain the underlying themes in the story.
The Holocaust occurred in Europe in the early 1940’s (Altman 1). Constructed by Adolf Hitler, Germany’s first and only Führer, the Holocaust is a horrible event (Introduction). Jewish people were treated in cruel and brutal ways. Over six million died in concentration camps, ghettos, or death marches (Rice 11). The Holocaust is a time in history when millions of people were persecuted in Europe by being sent to live in ghettos and eventually being deported to concentration camps where they were systematically annihilated until the Allied forces liberated the remaining survivors.